Herb-Crusted Turkey

Seasoned bread crumbs contribute to the golden coat for this Christmas turkey recipe.



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Servings: 10 to 12
Prep Time: 30 mins
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Ingredients
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    1  10 - 12  pound 
    turkey
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    1   
    medium onion, cut into wedges
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    3   sprigs 
    fresh oregano
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    3   sprigs 
    fresh sage
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    2/3  cup 
    fine dry bread crumbs
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    3   tablespoons 
    snipped fresh sage
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    3   tablespoons 
    snipped fresh oregano
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    pepper
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    3   tablespoons 
    margarine or butter, melted
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    1/4  cup 
    honey
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    4   
    firm, ripe medium pears, halved and cored
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    2   tablespoons 
    olive oil

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Season cavity of turkey with salt and pepper. Place onion, oregano sprigs, and sage sprigs in cavity of bird.
2.
If a band of skin crosses the tail, tuck the drumsticks under the band. If there is no band, tie drumsticks securely to tail. Pull turkey neck skin to back; fasten with a short, wooden skewer. Twist wing tips under back.
3.
In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, snipped sage and oregano, pepper, and salt. Stir in melted margarine or butter; cover and set aside.
4.
Place bird, breast side up, on a broiler pan or wire rack of roasting pan. Roast turkey until thermometer inserted into in center of one of the inside thigh muscles registers 150 degrees F (about 2-1/4 hours). Brush turkey with honey. Using wide metal spatula, pat bread crumb mixture onto bird. Cut band of skin or string between drumsticks so thighs will cook evenly. Arrange pears in bottom of pan around turkey; brush pears with oil. Continue to roast until thermometer registers 180 degrees F (30 to 45 minutes more). Remove turkey from oven. Remove onion and herbs from cavity. Cover; let stand 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
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  • Convection oven method: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Prepare recipe through Step 3. Place bird, breast side up, on a broiler pan or wire rack of roasting pan. (Using a broiler pan helps bird cook more evenly in convection oven.) Roast turkey until a thermometer inserted into center of one of inside thigh muscles registers 150 degrees F (about 1-1/2 hours). Brush turkey with honey. Using wide metal spatula, pat bread-crumb mixture evenly onto bird. Cut band of skin or string between drumsticks so thighs will cook evenly. Arrange pears around turkey on broiler pan; brush pears with olive oil. Continue to roast until thermometer registers 180 degrees F (15 to 30 minutes more). Remove turkey from oven. Remove onion and herbs from cavity; discard. Cover; let stand 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 471, Fat, total (g) 22, chol. (mg) 124, sat. fat (g) 35, carb. (g) 20, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 44, vit. A (RE) 41.21, vit. C (mg) 2.95, sodium (mg) 211, calcium (mg) 60.58, iron (mg) 3.42, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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