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Fresh Thyme-Rubbed Turkey
with White Cranberry Baste

Fresh Thyme-Rubbed Turkey

This is a delicious roasted turkey! You will want to make it again and again.


  • 1 (12 pound) turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups Ocean Spray® White Cranberry Juice Drink
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season turkey with salt and pepper and rub with thyme. Place on rack in shallow roasting pan. Pour 2 cups of the cranberry juice into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Combine 1/2 cup of the cranberry juice and butter in a small bowl and generously brush over turkey.
  4. Bake 20 minutes and brush with cranberry mixture.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  6. Bake an additional 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or until temperature reaches 175 degrees F in thickest point, brushing with cranberry mixture every 30 minutes. Cover with foil if browning too quickly towards the end. Add remaining 1 cup cranberry juice during baking if pan becomes dry.
  7. Drippings can be used for making gravy.

Prep Time 20 minutes | Cook Time 3 hours | Yield: 8 servings

Recipe and photo credit: Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.


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