Rosemary-Orange Slow Roasted Whole Turkey

Ali Segersten (author) Nov 24, 2021
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Difficulty
Average Recipe
Prep Time
20 minutes
Wait Time
1 hour
Cook Time
5 hours
Servings
8

This flavorful holiday turkey is easy to make as long as you have the time to let it slow roast. Be sure to bring the turkey to room temperature before rubbing it with the butter citrus rub and then roasting it (this can take 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of your turkey). I prefer to cook this citrus turkey recipe at 250 degrees F. A 17-pound turkey at this temperature will take around 7 hours to fully cook, while a 12-pound turkey will take around 5 hours to fully cook. If the turkey is not at room temperature before roasting, then it may take longer. Always calculate based on the lesser amount of time! You can always add more time to keep cooking the bird, but you can't take it away. Overcooked turkey will be dry so be sure to get a meat thermometer before you begin cooking to monitor the doneness of the meat.

Ingredients
1 whole turkey (12 to 20 pounds)
3 oranges zested and juiced*
½ cups butter softened
1 tablespoons raw honey
2 tablespoons dried rosemary crushed
1 tablespoons sea salt
1 teaspoons black pepper
6 sprigs fresh rosemary
3 large shallots chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
1 cups dry white wine
2 cups water