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Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey made with infused rosemary-lemon olive oil, garlic and stuffing.

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By the show of hands, how many of you argue with Mom about how to roast a turkey?!

OH good! I’m not alone.

She just won’t let it go.

First, I get a call from my dad and he tells me that the Orthodox Nativity Fast starts on Thanksgiving Day therefore Thanksgiving Dinner is a no-go. Okay, I said, come by my house a few days before and we can gobble up that turkey a day or two prior. Cool.

Plans were made, I had a turkey, and all mom had to do was watch the kids for 2-3 hours…

Did she?!? (?!?!?!?!) NO!

The lady sat right above me almost the entire time watching every move I made with this bird. I’m quoting her;  “Ummmm… you’re not going to tent that foil? Ummmm… you’re not going to start the oven at 500? Ummmm… you should butter her up a bit more.”.

OH-EM-TO-THE-GEE. God Bless her, I love her to death, of course, but geeeeeez, she’s opinionated.

Somehow, I still managed to make this beautiful turkey my way.

To be honest, I have yet to cook a 20-pounder, which is what my Mom always does and that is why her method is a bit different. I don’t go beyond 10-pounds. I feel anything bigger than that is going to go to waste… well, unless you’re feeding over 20 guests, then I guess it’s a good idea to have a large bird. And, yes, I do love the Leftover-Turkey Frittata and the leftover turkey and cranberry quesadillas, but truth be told, after 3 days of turkey, everyone is pretty much done with it and anything left in those plastic containers goes straight to the garbage. I don’t like to throw away food – I’m cheap.

Besides, I’m a side-dish person. I can’t eat more than 3-ounces of that bird. I take a sliver of turkey and the rest is mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts… yum!

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So, if your bird is a baby like mine, this is definitely the recipe for you. If you like stuffing inside the turkey, this recipe is for you. If you like your turkey juicy, herby, and citrusy, again, this is the recipe for YOU.

One last thought – don’t be scurred, it’s just a bird.

P.S. Come back tomorrow for my awesome Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing. It’s beyond!

P.S.S. Scroll down and enter to win a $100 Target Gift Card! GOOD LUCK!


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Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey

Katerina | Diethood
Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey made with infused rosemary-lemon olive oil, garlic and stuffing.
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Servings : 8 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 10- pound turkey , completely thawed
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups ready-made stuffing , divided (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons butter cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , chopped
  • lemon peel and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • salt and fresh ground pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Set a rack at the lowest position in the oven.
  • Prepare turkey by adding salt and pepper inside large cavity.
  • Add 1-1/2 cups of stuffing inside large cavity.
  • Add the rest of the stuffing inside smaller cavity.
  • Separate the skin from the breast meat with your fingers, starting at the top of the breast and sliding to the right and left, then working down.
  • Arrange the pieces of the cut-up butter onto the meat under the skin.
  • Tie the legs together and tuck the wing tips under.
  • Place the turkey in a roasting pan; set aside.
  • In a small saucepan combine olive oil, garlic, lemon peel and rosemary; heat over medium-low heat and cook until hot.
  • Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Squeeze lemon juice all over turkey.
  • Season entire turkey with salt and pepper.
  • Brush turkey all over with 1/2 of the infused olive oil.
  • Place in oven and roast turkey for 1 hour.
  • Reduce heat to 375.
  • Add water to pan, tent foil over turkey and continue to roast for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees.
  • Brush turkey with remaining infused olive oil every 30 minutes.
  • Transfer turkey to a platter, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve.


Calories: 618 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 71 g | Fat: 30 g | Saturated Fat: 9 g | Cholesterol: 246 mg | Sodium: 650 mg | Potassium: 758 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 520 IU | Vitamin C: 0.2 mg | Calcium: 54 mg | Iron: 3.3 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer turkey breast, oven roasted turkey, roasted turkey
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50 comments on “Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey”

  1. Christmas gifts! and one of them would be a toaster – my son and daughter-in-law just got married, and while they got many lovely gifts, a toaster was not one of them.

  2. I would use my Target gift card, to get a serving platter, tablecloth and napkins for Christmas Dinner, things I want but really don’t have money for, lol, Nice thoughts.

  3. I would probably use it to buy a Starbucks card. Shallow I know but I love their lattes but don’t have funds to indulge frequently

  4. I would use it to buy Christmas gifts for my daughter. What a yummy looking bird! You can always send those leftovers over here!!

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    Oge | healthy food delivery

    Thanks so much for this recipe Katerina! The pictures look mouthwatering! Thanks also for this giveaway, timing is perfect for some Christmas gift shopping.

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    Denise Browning@From Brazil To You

    Beautiful turkey with 2 of my fav flavors: Lemon and rosemary.
    I love to shop at Target. If I’d win, I’d use the gift card to purchase Christmas gifts such as jewelry and toys.

  7. My son and DILIT (daughter-in-law-in-training) are leaving for a 6 month stay in Ireland for school credits and they are going to need rain gear! $100 sure would help with that!

  8. Leave it to you to make roast chicken look gorgeous on camera. 😀 Love. Love. Love rosemary and lemon!!

    I’d probably use the gift certificate on myself (is that terrible?).

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    This is one gorgeous bird, Kate! Love the photos!
    I have a long list of things I would love to get at Target 🙂

  10. Oh noooooo really!? I don’t fast during the Christmas season but my husband’s side does. Of all days ugh!
    Don’t even get me started with my mom-they say only one queen in the kitchen is allowed at a time :-p
    10 pound sounds good to me, this is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Deanna!! My mom says the same thing… wonder where they got it. 😉

      Yep, ‘postot’ starts on the same day so popce called off Thanksgiving dinner.

      1. I know many people that did Thanksgiving the weekend before so it’s still all good!
        Odd because Hannukah started too at the same time.

        Must be an old Macedonian saying lol. Probably the reason why I can’t cook if we are in the kitchen at the same time-it would be drama! haha.

        Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Victoria Crissman

    That turkey looks delicious! If I won the Target card, I would use it to buy Christmas gifts for my brother’s family, and my mother.

  12. Katerina your turkey looks scrupulous! Happy Thanksgiving!
    With Christmas right around the corner – I’d use the gift card for gifts

  13. I would probably do my usual Target thing – go in for something I need and leave with random purses, shoes, or home decor items 🙂

  14. I would purchase Christmas presents, for sure! Your turkey looks awesome, my mom Is doing the turkey this year, but I will flag this on Pinterest for next year!

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    Emily @ Life on Food

    There is a really cute Threshold wardrobe I want really bad for the guest bedroom. Perfect timing to have something like this for our visitors.

  16. That turkey is a beauty and my favourite Thanksgiving dishes are the side dishes as well, especially my giblet stuffing. 🙂

    I’m frugal too, and after reserving a few slices for the next day, I remove the rest of the white and dark meat from the carcase, while it’s still at room temperature when it’s easiest to do so, and freeze it away. Turkey tetrazzini is going to be my next leftover dish attempt. Last year’s Turkey Egg Foo Young was wonderful.

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      Katerina Petrovska

      HI!! Thank you so much!! I loved this bird… it was so juicy and flavorful! 🙂 Hope all is well with you and have a great holiday!

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