French Roast Turkey

The signature main course for a holiday meal or a special family dinner.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 4 hours 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 turkey (8 lbs.)
  • 10 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bunch fresh tarragon, chopped
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Heat the oven to 450°F. Place the turkey breast-side down on a large cutting board and remove the backbone. Turn it over and place it breast-side up in a large roasting pan.
  • Arrange the garlic and tarragon under the turkey and in the crevices of the wings and legs. Drizzle the turkey with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, turn the oven down to 400°F, baste the turkey with the juices, and return to the oven.
  • Cook until the internal temperature of the turkey is 165°F–170°F on a meat thermometer, generally about 3–3½ hours for an 8-pound turkey. Let the turkey rest before carving. Remove herbs and garlic before serving.

Recipe Information

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 turkey (8 lbs.)
  • 10 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bunch fresh tarragon, chopped
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Heat the oven to 450°F. Place the turkey breast-side down on a large cutting board and remove the backbone. Turn it over and place it breast-side up in a large roasting pan.
  • Arrange the garlic and tarragon under the turkey and in the crevices of the wings and legs. Drizzle the turkey with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, turn the oven down to 400°F, baste the turkey with the juices, and return to the oven.
  • Cook until the internal temperature of the turkey is 165°F–170°F on a meat thermometer, generally about 3–3½ hours for an 8-pound turkey. Let the turkey rest before carving. Remove herbs and garlic before serving.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories520
Total Fat24g
Saturated Fat7g
Cholesterol265mg
Sodium680mg
Total Carbohydrate0g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars0g
Protein76g