Sage- and Oregano-Rubbed Turkey with Honey-Lemon Glaze

Sweet honey, lemon, and fresh herbs create a delicious glaze for this roast turkey, cooked to a glorious golden-brown.

  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 4 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 12

Ingredients

Turkey

1
whole turkey (12 lb), thawed if frozen
3
teaspoons dried rubbed sage
3
teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon pepper
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

Glaze

1/4
cup honey
2
tablespoons lemon juice
1
tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 325°F. Remove and discard neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water; pat dry with paper towels. Fasten neck skin to back of turkey with skewer. Fold wings across back of turkey so tips are touching. In shallow roasting pan, place turkey, breast side up.
  • 2 In small bowl, mix sage, oregano, salt, pepper and oil. Rub herb mixture over turkey. Refasten drumsticks with metal piece or tuck under skin at tail. (Drumsticks can also be tied together with cotton string.) Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone.
  • 3 Roast uncovered 1 hour. When turkey begins to turn golden brown, place tent of heavy-duty foil over turkey. Roast 2 hours 15 minutes longer.
  • 4 In 1-quart saucepan, heat glaze ingredients over low heat, stirring occasionally, until honey and butter are melted.
  • 5 Cut band of skin or remove tie holding legs to allow inside of thighs to cook thoroughly. Brush turkey with glaze; roast uncovered 10 minutes. Brush with glaze; roast uncovered 10 to 20 minutes longer. Turkey is done when thermometer reads 165°F and drumsticks move easily when lifted or twisted.
  • 6 Place turkey on warm platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Let stand 15 minutes for easier carving.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    540
    (
    Calories from Fat
    280),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    32g
    32%
    (Saturated Fat
    9g,
    9%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    185mg
    185%;
    Sodium
    370mg
    370%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    6g
    6%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    6g
    6%
    ),
    Protein
    57g
    57%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    8%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    4%;
    Iron
    15%;
    Exchanges:
    0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 8 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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