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Herb-Roasted Turkey with Citrus Glaze

Makes 22 servings, 6 ounces each portion. 

1 15-pound whole turkey, fresh or frozen (thawed)
3 large lemons
2 large limes
1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
½ teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground
½ cup dry white wine (alcohol-free wine may be substituted
¼ cup packed brown sugar
Pan Gravy
1 bunch each of fresh sage, marjoram and thyme, divided


  1. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for gravy. Rinse turkey with cold running water and drain well. Blot dry with paper towels.
  2. Peel skin from lemons and limes to make rose garnishes (see step 11 for how to make the rose garnishes). Reserve in refrigerator.
  3. Squeeze enough juice from the lemons and limes to equal 2 tablespoons each. Cut the remaining lemons and limes in half and place in the turkey cavity. Sprinkle salt in the cavity.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the wine, brown sugar and citrus juices; reserve for glaze.
  5. Gently loosen skin from the turkey breast without totally detaching the skin and carefully place 1 tablespoon each fresh sage and marjoram under the skin. Replace the skin.
  6. Fold neck skin and fasten to the back with 1 or 2 skewers. Fold the wings under the back of the turkey. Return legs to tucked position.
  7. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (about 2 ½ inches deep) roasting pan. Rub turkey with salt, pepper and 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Insert oven-safe meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, being careful that the pointed end of the thermometer does not touch the bone.
  8. Roast the turkey in a preheated 325-egree Fahrenheit oven about 3 ¾ hours. During the last hour of roasting time, baste with the pan drippings. During the last 30 minutes, baste with the citrus glaze. Loosely cover with lightweight foil to prevent to prevent excessive browning. Continue to roast until the thermometer registers 180 degrees Fahrenheit in the thigh or 170 degrees in the breast.
  9. Remove turkey from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.
  10. Place on a warm large platter and garnish the platter with the remaining fresh herbs and lemon and lime roses.
  11. Prepare lemon and lime roses as follows: with a small sharp knife or vegetable peeler, cut a continuous thin 1-inch strip of peel. Avoid cutting into the white pith. Roll tightly, skin inside out and secure with toothpicks. Reserve in a bowl filled with ice water until time for service.

Serving size: 1 cup 

Calories: 362
Total fat: 16 grams
Carbohydrate: 1 gram
Protein: 50 grams
Sodium:  233 milligrams

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