So here is my recipe for a classic turkey. I know Thanksgiving is over but this would be perfect for Christmas OR for a nice Sunday meal. When I was at the store I just looked for the smallest turkey that I could find because I really didn't want a huge Thanksgiving turkey. I found a 12 1/2 pound turkey and it was perfect for six people.
This recipe is nice and easy and so flavorful! When my husband was carving the turkey he was so amazed at how tender the meat was. It was almost difficult for him to slice it because it just kept falling apart. It was perfect! You just have to make sure you don't over cook it!
Also (sorry this is a really long post) you can use regular pepper when you use this recipe, but I like to use fresh ground peppercorns. I've included instructions for how to crush peppercorns, it's super easy and really adds flavor!
Rosemary and Lemon Roasted Turkey
- 1- 12-18 pound turkey
- 2 large onions, peeled and quartered
- 2 lemons
- 4 fresh sprigs rosemary
- 4 cups water
- 1/2-1 stick butter, softened
- whole peppercorns, crushed
preheat oven to 325 degrees. remove the giblets from the turkey. rinse the turkey well and pat dry with a paper towel. place turkey on a roasting rack in a roasting pan.
generously salt the turkey cavity. cut one lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice into the cavity. take the other lemon, roll it to release the juices and then pierce many deep cuts into it with a knife. stuff the cavity alternating with the squeezed lemon halves, the quarters from 1 onion, the rosemary sprigs, and finish with the pierced lemon.
add the remaining onion quarters, giblets and water to the bottom of the roasting pan. season the skin with salt and crushed peppercorns to taste. rub skin with butter until well coated.
place turkey in the oven and roast according to the package directions based upon the size of your turkey. baste the turkey with pan juices every 30 minutes (don't leave this step out). cover with foil if the turkey starts to brown too fast.
remove turkey from oven and let it rest 20-30 minutes before carving.
*How-To Crush Peppercorns*
Step 1- place peppercorns on a cutting board
Step 2- get a small sauce pan
Step 3- crush peppercorns with the bottom edge of the sauce pan
It's that easy and now you have fresh ground pepper!