Citrus Basted TurkeyCitrus, Mustard & Herb Infused Turkey makes a decidedly delicious and different Thanksgiving bird. Photo courtesy Butterball.



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November 2008

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Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

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Citrus, Mustard & Herb Infused Turkey

The centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner is a delicious turkey. This flavorful take on the traditional bird includes a butter-based mixture of Dijon mustard, orange and lemon zest and fresh herbs infused under the turkey skin. Makes 12 servings.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 14 to 16-pound Turkey, thawed if frozen

*If fresh herbs are not available, substitute 1 teaspoon dried herbs for each tablespoon of fresh.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine butter, herbs, zests, mustard, salt and pepper in work bowl of blender or food processor; cover. Process until well blended.
  2. Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey. Reserve giblets for stuffing recipe. Drain juices from turkey and dry turkey with paper towels. Turn wings back to hold neck skin against back of turkey.
  3. Remove butter mixture from blender. Carefully work fingers under skin on breast of turkey. Place half the butter mixture under breast area. Rub remaining butter mixture over breast and legs of turkey.
  4. Place turkey, breast side up, on a flat rack in a shallow baking pan. Roast turkey approximately 1-1/2 hours. Then cover breast and top of drumsticks loosely with foil to prevent overbrowning.
  5. Roast turkey another 1-1/2 hours, or until meat thermometer reaches 180°F when inserted into the deepest part of the thigh.
  6. Let turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.


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