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Home Health Library Recipes Roasted turkey for 12

Roasted turkey for 12

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size About 6 ounces
Calories 337

Amount Per Serving
Monounsaturated fat 2 g
Saturated fat 3 g
Total fat 9 g
Sodium 161 mg
Cholesterol 145 mg
Dietary fiber 1 g
Protein 56 g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

Roasted turkey is a great lean protein. This recipe serves 12 with enough leftovers for sandwiches, soup and salad.


  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Coarse ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 carrots, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 whole turkey (about 12 pounds), thawed
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, cut in half through stem


Heat the oven to 400 F (200 C).

In a small bowl, add the shallots, garlic and black pepper to taste. Stir until evenly mixed and set aside.

Arrange carrots, celery and onion in the bottom of a roasting pan. Unwrap the turkey from its package and remove the neck, giblets and fatty tissues from body and neck cavities. Discard giblets and fatty tissues; reserve the neck for making stock. Rinse the turkey inside and out. Pat dry with paper towels.

Place the turkey breast-side up on top of the vegetables in the roasting pan. Tuck the wing tips behind the back of the turkey. Rub the turkey with the shallot mixture. Arrange tomatoes around the outside of the turkey. Place into the middle of the oven uncovered.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 F (200 C), then reduce the oven temperature to 325 F (about 162 C). Check the doneness after the bird has roasted about 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Turkey is done when the thigh is pierced deeply and juices run clear (180 to 185 F, or 82 C to 85 C) or when the breast muscle reaches 170 to 175 F (77 to 79 C).

While the turkey is in the oven, put the turkey neck into a small saucepan. Add 4 cups of water. Place over medium heat, cover and simmer for at least an hour, while the turkey roasts. You can use this stock to make gravy or freeze it to use later as a base for soup.

Remove the turkey from the roasting pan and set on a platter. With a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables and arrange around the turkey. Cover the turkey and vegetables tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Carve turkey and serve.

Last Updated: April 9th, 2020