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Parmesan Roasted Turkey

This Parmesan Roasted Turkey is phenomenal and great for any holiday. Plus, the leftovers make great turkey sandwiches or filling for a hearty soup.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Parmesan Roasted Turkey
Prep Time 1 day 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 1 day 3 hours
Servings 24
Calories 74 kcal
Author Yvonne


  • 1 10 - 12 lb. turkey, brined for 24 to 36 hours *
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme crushed
  • Freshly squeezed juice of one lemon
  • 1 large yellow onion quartered
  • 2 stalks celery with leaves cut in large pieces
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic unpeeled
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.

  2. Rinse the brined turkey under cold water; pat dry, inside and out (important, otherwise you will not be able to coat with the softened butter), with paper towels.

  3. In bowl, mix softened butter, 1/4 tsp. salt, the pepper, and thyme. Stir in citrus juices (not all juices will be incorporated).

  4. Rub turkey with seasoned butter, inside and out. Fill cavity with onion, celery, bay leaves, and garlic. 

  5. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in roasting pan. Pour chicken broth in roasting pan.

  6. Roast turkey 45 minutes undisturbed. Spoon pan juices over turkey.

  7. Roast 1 hour more spooning juices over turkey every 20 minutes.

  8. Roast 1 to 1-1/2 hours more, spooning over juices every 20 minutes or until thickest part of thigh reaches an internal temperature of 165 F and thigh juices run clear.

  9. During the last 20 minutes sprinkle turkey liberally with grated Parmesan.

  10. Remove from oven; transfer turkey to serving platter. Remove vegetables from inside cavity; discard.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Recipe.com

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Roasted Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 306mg13%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.