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Lemon-Thyme Split-Roasted Turkey

Makes: 12 to 14 servings
Prep 30 mins Roast 375°F1 hr 30 mins to 2 hrs Stand 15 mins
Lemon-Thyme Split-Roasted Turkey
Ingredients
  • 2  medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 2  lemons, cut into quarters
  • 1  stalk  celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4  fresh thyme sprigs
  • 8  cloves  garlic
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1/4  cup  snipped fresh thyme
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2  tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 2  tablespoons  finely chopped shallot (1 medium)
  • 1  tablespoon  vegetable oil
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 8 - 10  pound  fresh or frozen turkey, thawed if frozen
Directions

1. Position the oven rack in the bottom third of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large roasting pan combine onions, lemons, celery, thyme sprigs, and garlic; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl combine butter, snipped thyme, lemon peel, lemon juice, shallot, oil, salt, and pepper; set aside.

3. Remove neck and giblets from turkey; discard. Rinse turkey; pat dry with paper towels. Place turkey, breast side down, on a cutting board. Using kitchen shears, make a lengthwise cut down one side of the backbone, starting from the neck end. Repeat on the other side of the backbone. Remove and discard backbone. Turn turkey, cut side down. Flatten turkey as much as possible with your hands. Cut off and discard tips of wings. Using kitchen shears or a large sharp knife, carefully cut through the entire breastbone, creating two equal halves.

4. Rub herb-butter mixture over turkey on all sides, massaging some of the mixture underneath the skin. Place turkey halves, skin sides up, on top of vegetables in roasting pan. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into the center of an inside thigh muscle. The thermometer should not touch bone.

5. Roast, uncovered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until the thermometer registers 175 degrees F. (The juices should run clear and drumsticks should move easily in their sockets.) Remove from oven. Cover turkey halves with foil; let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Discard vegetables in roasting pan.

From the Test KitchenTip:
  • For more citrus flavor, use a combination of lemons, limes, and oranges in the roasting pan. Low on fresh thyme? Use half the amount of fresh rosemary, sage, or tarragon instead.
Nutrition Facts (Lemon-Thyme Split-Roasted Turkey)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 547,
  • Fat, total (g) 30,
  • chol. (mg) 207,
  • sat. fat (g) 12,
  • carb. (g) 5,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 57,
  • vit. A (IU) 292,
  • vit. C (mg) 18,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 4,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 821,
  • Potassium (mg) 81,
  • calcium (mg) 30,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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