Lunch / Dinner
Honey-Glazed Roast Turkey
Every Thanksgiving, there’s the ever-insatiable hope for turkey perfection — thoroughly cooked dark meat, moist white meat, both capable of delivering intense turkey flavor. Guess what? This Honey-Glazed Roast Turkey delivers just that (but be sure your digital thermometer is working and calibrated!). It’s simply seasoned and roasted whole (with some flavorings added to the cavity) with an effortless honey-lemon glaze brushed on for understated flavor (and browning). But, to avoid a thawing disaster, we recommend buying a fresh turkey. If that’s not in the cards for you, remember that it takes one day of thawing in the refrigerator for every four pounds of frozen turkey.
Preheat oven to 375°. Set a rack inside a roasting pan.
Pat turkey dry with paper towels; fill cavity with onion, carrot, celery, and lemon. Tuck wing tips behind turkey’s back.
Tie legs together at the knuckles using butcher’s twine, then place turkey, breast side up, on rack.
Brush breast with 2 Tbsp. butter and season with salt; transfer pan to oven, with turkey’s legs pointing towards back of oven.
Roast turkey until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast, without touching bone, registers 150°, 2–2½ hours.
Meanwhile, combine remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, honey, and lemon juice; brush over turkey every 15 minutes until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast and thickest part of thigh, without touching bone, registers 165°. Remove turkey from oven, tent with foil, and let rest 30 minutes before carving.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 33%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 242mg 80%
Sodium 361mg 15%
Carbs 3g 1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.