Turkey Recipes

Citrus Mustard Basted Turkey

Butter based mixture of Dijon mustard, orange and lemon zest for a new take on the Thanksgiving favorite.

Citrus Mustard Basted Turkey

Prep: 25 min | Total: 3+ hr | Yield: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) 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 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 to 16 pound) Butterball® Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen


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


Per serving: Calories 776 Fat 43g Cholesterol 370 Protein 91g

% Daily value Saturated Fat 15g 0% Trans Fat 0g 0% Sodium 701mg 0% Carbohydrates 1g 0% Sugar 0g 0% Iron 0% Fiber 0% Calcium 0%


Recipe and photo used with permission from: Butterball LLC

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