Sage Butter Roasted Turkey is a classic but amazing Thanksgiving turkey recipe. A simple sage butter is rubbed all over the turkey, which is stuffed with onions and apples. A unique roasting method gets perfect results every time!
Okay, are we ready for more Thanksgiving turkey?! Earlier this week I posted a turkey breast recipe, which is perfect for a smaller Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving, or even a weeknight dinner.
But today, we're going big. We're roasting the entire bird.
First! Let's talk turkeys. Specifically, did you know Minnesota is number one in the nation for turkey farming?! AND did you know that the turkeys that Washington D.C. gets for the National Thanksgiving Turkey are coming from Alexandria, MN?! This is the 70th year of following this tradition...so cool!
I actually received an invitation to the farm to meet these famous turkeys, but unfortunately the trip was less than a week from my due date. So my doc didn't approve the trip. Big bummer! I would've loved to meet one of these guys!
Okay, now onto this recipe! I have two words for you: SAGE BUTTER.
If there's one herb that just screams "THANKSGIVING!!" to me, it's sage. It is a must-have in my stuffing, and now, on my turkey. I used it last year in my Garlic Herb Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey (phenom, by the way) and this year it was the star in my Thanksgiving turkey.
This recipe for sage butter roasted turkey also could not be easier. Just mix up the sage butter, give the bird a good rub and dusting of kosher salt and pepper. I like to stuff my turkey with onions and apples for sake of giving the gravy flavor, but honestly this step is somewhat optional. But kind of not. Just do it, for Thanksgiving's sake!
Also, let's talk about the method of roasting this sage butter roasted turkey.
I've typically done the roasting for hours and hours at a lower temp, but recently stumbled upon a recipe that cooks it at a higher temp (400 degrees F) and not only that, but starts with the turkey breast side down and flips it over halfway through. This methd intrigued me, so I decided to try it out. OMG so good!
Not only was the meat cooked perfectly (using a meat thermometer of course!) but ALL of the skin was crispy since it was flipped over. I'm a huge fan of the skin, so I loved having more crispy skin to devour.
P.S. Looking for more turkey recipes? Instant Pot Maple Mustard Turkey Breast with Easy Gravy is a great one!
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