Imagine a centerpiece that’s as stunning as a luxury property on a prime listing – that’s our Holiday Roasted Turkey. It’s not just about cooking; it’s about creating memories, much like those made in a beloved family home.

Why This Roasted Turkey is Like a Dream Listing

Each element of this roasted turkey is akin to the features of an ideal home. The tender, juicy meat is like the comfortable living spaces, the herbs and spices are the unique touches that add character, and the golden skin? That’s your curb appeal right there.

Shopping List

  • Whole Turkey: The main event, as grand as a sprawling estate.
  • Butter, Garlic, Herbs: These add the flavor that makes the house a home.
  • Lemon, Onion, Carrots, Celery: The supporting cast that enhances the star of the show.
  • Chicken Broth: It keeps everything moist, much like a well-maintained landscape keeps a home’s exterior inviting.

Where to Shop in Indianapolis

Head over to Kincaid’s Meat Market for a top-notch turkey, the kind of quality you’d show off in a high-end listing. For fresh herbs and veggies, Indy’s Fresh Market is your go-to, offering the freshest picks to compliment your main dish.

Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

  • Season the Turkey: Like staging a home, this step is all about making your turkey appealing inside and out.
  • Stuffing with Aromatics: The lemon, onion, and herbs inside are like the hidden gems in a well-designed home.
  • Roast to Perfection: Roast your turkey like you’re nurturing a deal – with patience and care.


  • Whole Turkey: 12-14 lbs, thawed
  • Butter: 1 cup, softened
  • Garlic: 4 cloves, minced
  • Fresh Herbs (Thyme, Rosemary, Sage): ¼ cup, chopped
  • Lemon: 1, quartered
  • Onion: 1 large, quartered
  • Carrots: 2, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Celery Stalks: 2, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Chicken Broth: 4 cups
  • Salt and Pepper: as needed

Equipment Needed:

  • Roasting Pan
  • Kitchen Twine
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Oven


1. Turkey Preparation (30 minutes)

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).
  • Remove the turkey giblets and neck, rinse the turkey, and pat dry.
  • Season the cavity with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the cavity with lemon quarters, quartered onion, and a few herb sprigs.
  • Tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wing tips under the body.

2. Butter and Herb Mixture (10 minutes)

  • In a bowl, mix softened butter, minced garlic, and chopped herbs.
  • Gently loosen the skin from the turkey breast and rub half of the butter mixture under the skin and the rest over the top of the turkey.

3. Roasting the Turkey (3 to 3.5 hours)

  • Place the turkey in the roasting pan.
  • Arrange the chopped carrots and celery around the turkey.
  • Pour chicken broth into the bottom of the pan.
  • Roast the turkey, basting every 45 minutes with the pan juices.
  • If the skin starts to brown too quickly, tent the turkey with aluminum foil.
  • Roast until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°F (74°C), about 3 to 3.5 hours for a 12-14 lb turkey.

4. Resting (30 minutes)

  • Once done, remove the turkey from the oven.
  • Tent it with aluminum foil and let it rest for about 30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute.

5. Carving and Serving

  • Carve the turkey and arrange the slices on a serving platter.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and any additional sides.

6. Optional: Gravy Making

  • Use the pan drippings to make a flavorful gravy.

This recipe serves approximately 10-12 people.

Serving and Presentation Tips

Present your roasted turkey on a large platter, garnished with fresh herbs and citrus slices. It’s like showing a home that’s beautifully landscaped and ready to wow potential buyers.

The Bottom Line

This Holiday Roasted Turkey isn’t just a meal; it’s a celebration of what we cherish most – home, family, and the joy of sharing. Like the perfect property, it brings people together, creating a sense of warmth and belonging.