Deep South Spicy Roast Turkey
- 1 small onion, cut into quarters
- 1 medium carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 celery rib, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 cloves garlic, cut in half
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Wash turkey and pat dry with paper towel. Fasten neck skin to back with
toothpicks or skewer. Fold wings across back with tips touching.
- Combine onion, carrot, celery, and 3 cloves garlic in bowl.
- Combine seasoning salt, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, sage, pepper and
cayenne. Rub turkey cavity with half of the seasoning mixture. Fill cavity with
vegetable mixture. Tuck drumstick under band of skin at tail or tie together
with heavy string. Place breast side up on rack in shallow roasting pan. Brush
turkey with olive oil or melted butter.
- Sprinkle seasoning over entire turkey. Insert meat thermometer so the tip
is in the thickest part of inside thigh muscle or the thickest part of breast
meat without touching bone. Roast the turkey at 325 degrees F.
- The most reliable method for determining when a turkey is done is by using
a meat thermometer. The turkey is done when the temperature reaches 180 degrees
F to 185 degrees F in thigh (juices should be clear, not pink, when thigh muscle
is pierced deeply); 170 degrees F to 175 degrees F in the thickest part of the
breast, just above the rib bones.
- Let the turkey rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving to allow juices
to distribute evenly.