What Are Some Good Ways to Season a Turkey?


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A good way to season a turkey is to use a combination of herbs with oil or butter. Fresh herbs work best, and the finished turkey is well-seasoned for dinner or for use in making soups, sandwiches or casseroles. For variety, use a homemade barbecue sauce for seasoning.

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What Are Some Good Ways to Season a Turkey?
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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Rinse the turkey and pat dry. Remove the giblet bag and set aside or discard.

Rub the turkey with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Combine 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper together and rub onto the outside of the turkey. Place the turkey on a rack inside a roasting pan. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary to the cavity of the turkey along with a lemon cut in half. Place 1 sprig of thyme, 1 sprig of sage and 1 sprig on oregano into the cavity of the turkey.

Cut 2 carrots and 4 stalks of celery into halves and place them into the roasting pan around the turkey. Add 1 sprig each of rosemary, oregano, sage and thyme to the roasting pan around the turkey. Pour 4 cups of chicken broth over the herbs and vegetables. Place in the preheated oven for 20 minutes per pound or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Baste the turkey every 30 minutes with the broth from the pan. Discard the vegetables and herbs before serving.

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