Roast Turkey With Herb Rub

The flavor of the herb rub permeates the entire bird.


1 (12 to 15 pound) turkey

2 lemons

1 cup fresh parsley leaves, loosely packed

4 cloves garlic, peeled

2 teaspoons dried rosemary


2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Honey Tips

How Honey is Made

To make honey, bees drop the collected nectar into the honeycomb and then evaporate it by fanning their wings.


Preheat oven to 350°.
Rinse turkey inside and out. Remove lemon zest from lemons. Set aside. Cut lemons in quarters and place in cavity of turkey. In a food processor or blender, chop lemon zest, parsley, garlic and rosemary. Combine mixture with honey, 1 tablespoon olive oil and half of the salt and pepper. Working from the neck end of the turkey, carefully separate skin from breast and drumsticks with fingers. Rub herb mixture under skin. Rub outside of skin with remaining oil, salt and pepper.
Roast turkey according to package directions until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 175° - 180°.
Serves: 12-15