Orange Kissed Roast Turkey

Orange Kissed Roast Turkey

Turkey never had it so good, from a citrus infused butter to moisten and add flavor to a luscious orange herb glaze and stuffing too.
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American


  • 4 medium oranges
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 turkey 14 to 16 pounds
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots sliced
  • 1 cup dried bread cubes
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme chopped


  • Set 1 orange aside for now. Finely zest the 3 remaining oranges, and then cut the fruit into wedges.
  • Combine the orange zest with the chopped garlic from about 2 of the cloves, and the 1/2 cup of softened butter.
  • Gently loosen the turkey skin, and rub the butter mixture underneath it.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of oil, the juice of one of the zested oranges, the remaining garlic, minced rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush or your fingers to apply it all over the turkey.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet.
  • Saute the shallots until fragrant, or about 2 minutes.
  • Add the bread cubes at a high heat, and toss as you brown lightly for 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Add the chopped rosemary and thyme, and cook for another minute.
  • Remove the flesh of the 2 remaining zested oranges, making sure to catch it in a bowl.
  • Add the orange flesh to the bread mixture, and toss to combine.
  • Fill the turkey cavity with the stuffing mixture, and secure the opening.
  • Cut the last orange into quarters and arrange them around the bird as you place it in the roasting pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 hours, or until thoroughly cooked.
  • Let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
  • The pan juices can be used to make gravy.
Keyword holidays, Oranges
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