Preparing the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

I love herb butter. It’s so easy to make and tastes so rich. Just place a slice on top of sizzling steak, use it to top steamed vegetables or better yet, fill the breast cavity of a turkey before roasting, infusing the flavors of the herbs into the meat. Delicious!

Since we are getting ready for Thanksgiving, let’s prepare our turkey today using the delicious herb butter recipe.

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • lemon zest
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary

You can modify to taste by using any herbs you like! It’s that simple.

Add garlic to the butter and all the other ingredients, mix well and place inside of the cavity of the turkey breast (between the breast and skin) Spread well.

For a perfect Thanksgiving turkey, start two days ahead by preparing the marinade.

In a blender, mix together

  • 2 cup water
  •  cup white wine
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • zest of 1/2 a lime

Blend all the ingredients together. Place the turkey in a deep bowl, breast side down first. Add the marinate. Add some sprigs of thyme and rosemary.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Turn the turkey once or twice over the 2 days.

On Thanksgiving morning, take the turkey from the marinade and let it rest in a turkey roaster. Make a cavity between the skin and the turkey breast, and rub the herb butter all over the breast.

In the big cavity (if you are not filling with stuffing) add 1/2 orange sliced, 1/2 apple sliced, 2 cloves of garlic whole, and 1/2 medium onion sliced. This will also help flavor the meat.

Tie the legs together and tuck the wings back.

Baste the turkey with soft butter and roast, depending on the size, for 13 to 15 minutes per pound.

Happy Thanksgiving!