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Wine Country Roasted Turkey for Thanksgiving

Time to Celebrate with a Thanksgiving Feast

Time to Celebrate with a Thanksgiving Feast

It’s already November 17 and Thanksgiving Day in the United States will be here before we know it! Have you purchased your turkey yet? If you have never roasted a turkey before, you will want to check on how long the turkey needs to thaw before roasting. It can take a lot longer than one might think. Check with the National Turkey Federation for tips on buying, thawing and roasting a turkey. The website even has recipes for all the turkey that is leftover.

Below is a recipe from the National Turkey Federation for Wine Country Roasted Turkey and as might be expected, the recipe calls for rosé wine.


Wine Country Roasted Turkey
Honeysuckle White


WHOLE TURKEY, fresh or thawed if frozen: 1 – 12 to 15 pound
celery, cut in half: 2 Stalks
onion, cut in quarters: 1 Small to Medium
rosé wine, divided: 1 Cup
unsalted butter, divided: 1/2 Cup
orange juice: 1/4 Cup
lemon juice: 1 Tablespoon
seasoned salt: 1 Teaspoon
ground paprika: 1/2 Teaspoon
onion powder: 1/4 Teaspoon


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Wash turkey in cool water and pat dry with clean paper towels. Place on a V-shaped rack in a shallow (2 to 3-inches deep) roasting pan.

2. Place celery, onion and 1/2 cup wine in body cavity. Sprinkle body cavity with salt and pepper.

3. Using twine, tie legs together over cavity. Tuck wings under or skewer against sides of bird. Brush bird with 1/4 cup melted butter.

4. Insert food thermometer in inner thigh.

5. Roast uncovered, breast side up, in the preheated 325 degrees F oven for 1 hour.

6. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining melted butter and wine with orange and lemon juices, seasoned salt, paprika and onion powder. Use to baste turkey frequently during remaining roasting time – about 2 to 3 hours.

7. Roasting time varies so be sure to use the food thermometer and roast until the internal temperature of the inner thigh reaches 175 degrees F. If the turkey begins to brown too early, cover breast and top of drumsticks loosely with aluminum foil.

8. Allow turkey to stand for 15-20 minutes before carving

The recipe for Wine Country Roast Turkey provided by the National Turkey Federation.

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