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Place oven rack in lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Mix seasonings in small bowl.
Place turkey, breast-side up, in prepared pan. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mixture inside turkey. Brush turkey breast with oil. Spread remaining seasoning mixture over entire surface and under skin of turkey. Add 1/2 cup water to pan. Cover turkey loosely with heavy duty foil.
Roast 1 hour. Remove foil. Roast 2 to 2 1/2 hours longer or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (175°F in thigh), basting occasionally with pan juices. Remove turkey from oven. Let stand 20 minutes. Transfer to platter or carving board and slice. Reserve pan juices to make gravy or to serve with turkey.
First Thanksgiving turkey I've ever made and I can safely say I'll be using this recipe every year from now on! Delicious!
Nick | April 20, 2014