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Juicy Roast Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing


12 servings

Updated: Nov. 14, 2022
I can't wait to serve this juicy turkey at Thanksgiving—so I make it several times throughout the year. The aroma that wafts through the house as it bakes is almost as mouthwatering as the bird itself. —Terrie Herman, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Juicy Roast Turkey Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 celery ribs, quartered lengthwise
  • Fresh parsley sprigs
  • 2 bacon strips
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Brush over turkey. Place turkey on a platter. Cover and refrigerate for 1-24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°. Place turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Add the onion, celery and parsley to turkey cavity. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Arrange bacon over top of turkey breast. Spread butter over turkey. Pour broth and water into pan.
  3. Bake, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 3-1/2 to 4 hours, basting occasionally. Remove turkey from oven. If desired, remove and discard bacon. Tent with foil; let stand 20 minutes before carving. If desired, skim fat and thicken pan drippings for gravy. Serve with turkey.

Nutrition Facts

8 ounces cooked turkey: 535 calories, 29g fat (9g saturated fat), 219mg cholesterol, 594mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 62g protein.

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