Herb-Roasted Turkey

1 Turkey (10-12 pounds), thawed, giblets removed.
2 cups Butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp fresh Thyme (remove from stem)
1 Tbsp fresh Sage, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh Parsley, chopped fine
1 Aromatic Bundle
1 Onion, sliced in half
2 cloves Garlic Sliced in half length-ways.
1/4 cup Salt

Aromatic Bundle Ingredients:
1 handful of fresh Thyme
1 handful of fresh Parsley
1 handful of fresh Rosemary
1 handful of fresh Sage


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • In a Mortar and Pestle, combine chopped herbs and crush.
  • In a small bowl, add the herbs to Butter, and mix.
  • Pat Turkey dry, inside and out with paper towels.
  • Place in Roasting Pan, Breast-side up. Take the excess skin around the Neck, and attach it to the back using a skewer. Bend the tips of the wings under the back of the Turkey.
  • Using your hand, carefully create pockets by separating the skin from the breasts of the Turkey, starting at the open end of the Turkey. Do not separate from breast bone, and try not to tear the skin.
  • Again, using your hand, carefully spread the herb-butter mixture inside the skin pockets.
  • Wash your hands, and dry completely.
  • Place the Onion pieces, Garlic pieces, and Aromatic Bundle inside the body of the Turkey.
  • Roast, uncovered for 4 1/2 hours to 5, basting Every Half-Hour.
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