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Roast Turkey with Sage Butter

Roast turkey is the quintessential Thanksgiving holiday main dish.  The trick is, how do you get a super delish turkey that is moist and tender and flavorful?    For many years, I made a roast turkey and it often came out dry and crumbly, sound familiar?  Well, you will no longer have those issues with this roast turkey with sage butter recipe!

The secret to this recipe is that the sage butter is placed UNDER the skin!  Yep, that’s right, just lift up the skin and smear the sage butter all over those breasts.  The skin will keep the butter in place so that the meat cooks nice and moist!  Your roast turkey will be the talk of the neighborhood.  But beware, you’ll probably be the one bringing the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner from now on!

This delish recipe is found on page 67 of my recently published cookbook, Healthy Holidays with the Unconventional Foodie.  It is one of 52 amazing, full-color recipes that you are sure to LOVE!  You can pick up the book HERE.

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Roast Turkey with Sage Butter

Roast Turkey with Sage Butter

Moist and delicious!
Course: Animal Protein, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday, sage butter, traditional, turkey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 85kcal
Author: Coach Collette
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For the Sage Butter

  • 8 TBSP unsalted organic grass-fed butter , room temperature
  • 1 fresh sage bunch , chopped

For the Turkey and Stuffing

  • 1 10-12 lb organic turkey
  • 1 bunch fresh sage
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 onion
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 carrot
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 lemon


For the Sage Butter

  • The day before, bring butter to room temperature, mince one bunch of sage and thoroughly mix with butter, cover and set aside on counter

For the Turkey

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Remove neck and giblet bag from turkey. Rinse thoroughly
  • Using your hands, separate the skin from the breast area of the bird and stuff the sage butter between the skin and the meat
  • Place bird on rack in a large roasting pan
  • Roughly chop remaining vegetables, place in cavity with the herbs
  • Roast for 2 3/4 to 3 hours, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  • Allow bird to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving


Nutrition Facts
Roast Turkey with Sage Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 84mg4%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2004IU40%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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