Paducah Olive Oil’s Famous Roasted Turkey

Nov 22, 2016 | Main Courses, Recipe

Paducah Olive Oil's Famous Roasted Turkey

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 18 people


  • 1- 16 to 18 pound natural or organic turkey preferably brined
  • 3/4 cup Paducah Olive Oil's Butter Oil
  • 1 stick Butter cut into 8 tablespoons
  • 5 gloves garlic peeled
  • 1 small yellow onion quartered
  • 1 small orange quartered
  • 1 handful "Mix and Match" of herbs
  • 3 tablespoons Paducah Olive Oil's Butter Oil
  • 1/2 cup Paducah Olive Oil's Butter Oil


  • Remove  turkey from the brined solution and rinse.  Pat dry.  Be sure to pat dry the cavity, too.
  • Tuck the wings of the turkey behind its back.  You may have to break the joint in order to tuck the wing.  Doing this will ensure that the wings do not burn during roasting.  
  • Generously sprinkle the cavity of the turkey with kosher salt.   Loosen the turkey skin from the breast by placing your hand in between the skin and the breast, gently lifting the skin away.  Try to loosen the skin as far down as you can go, to the thigh and over the drumstick.  Place one (tablespoon) square in between the skin and the meat of the turkey in the following places: each drumstick area, each thigh area, and each breast.  Place the remaining two squares of butter in the turkey cavity. 
  • Take the ¾ cups of Paducah Olive Oil's Butter Oil and pour it in ¼ cup increments in between the skin and meat on both sides of the breast and ¼ cup into the cavity. 
  • Stuff the cavity with the garlic cloves, onion, orange and herbs.  Tie the legs. 
  • Take the 3 tablespoons of Paducah Olive Oil's Butter Oil and rub it over the outside of the turkey.  Place the turkey on a roasting pan with a rack.
  • Roasting the Turkey: Place the turkey in pre-heated 450 degree oven.  Roast for the first ½ hour at 450 degrees and then drop the oven temperature down to 350 degrees for remaining roasting time.
  • At this time, baste the turkey with Paducah Olive Oil's Butter Oil. Baste every 45 minutes after that using the remaining olive oil or the pan drippings. Total roasting time will take 2 ½ to 3 hours. 
  • Remove turkey from the oven when an instant read thermometer placed in the mid thigh area reaches 165 degrees. In order to get an accurate reading, be sure the thermometer does not touch the turkey bone. Loosely cover the turkey with foil (to prevent poachers) and let rest for 45 minutes before carving.  Enjoy!




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