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Apple & Herb Roasted Turkey

My daughter loves to help me make this moist apple turkey. Her job is to hand Mommy the ingredients—if she doesn't eat them first! —Kimberly Jackson, Gay, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 1/4 cup minced fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 turkey (14 pounds)
  • 1 medium apple, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, halved
  • 1 celery rib, halved
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly, warmed


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Combine sage and rosemary. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; rub herbs under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks.
  • Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Place apple, onion and celery in turkey cavity. Brush turkey with butter.
  • Roast, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 3 to 3-1/2 hours. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Remove turkey from oven; brush with apple jelly. Tent with foil and let stand 15 minutes before removing toothpicks and carving.
Nutrition Facts
8 ounces cooked turkey: 626 calories, 31g fat (11g saturated fat), 262mg cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 72g protein.

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  • Sarah
    Apr 5, 2020

    AMAZING!!! The most wonderfully tasting Turkey we have ever had! I followed the recipe exactly. My parents said they could smell the Turkey as they drove into the neighborhood and were excited to find that the aroma was coming from our home??. I have never felt soo proud! This is the only way I will ever make turkey again. Thank you!?

  • meg007
    Jan 4, 2015

    Out of my family, i am the one who doesn't cook. However, for some reason i was asked to cook the turkey for our family gathering this year. I found this recipe and decided this was the one. Well, let me tell you, it came or great!! Everyone said it was really good!! It was easy, didn't the long to cook and now I'm afraid i have a new job...the new turkey cooker! Thx for having this recipe on here!!

  • Annmarie47
    Dec 4, 2013

    I made this again this year, and it was still a favorite.

  • NewtoSota
    Nov 28, 2013

    Ok folks. This is, by far, the BEST turkey I have ever made! It is so juicy and with that little hint of apple, it is OH SO GOOD!!!

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    Feb 3, 2013

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    Jan 19, 2013

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  • PTuttle
    Dec 26, 2012

    Made this for Christmas Eve dinner. It was wonderful. The herbs under the skin flavored the breast meat which I usually find bland and dry. I also tucked in a few small chunks of butter with the minced herbs to keep the breast meat moist. The gravy I made from the drippings was very flavorful. I used turkey stock that I had made from the neck, tail and giblets, as well as an onion cut into quarters and a couple of stalks of coarsely chopped celery. I also added about a fourth cup of white wine to the gravy. Delicious! This will be our new family recipe for turkey, especially since my husband doesn't like stuffing cooked inside the bird. Thank you for sharing.

  • saminor
    Dec 19, 2012

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  • lovestoshop2
    Nov 17, 2012

    Deeelicious ! thanks so much for sharing

    Nov 11, 2012

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