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Citrus Mustard Basted Turkey

Butter based mixture of Dijon mustard, orange and lemon zest for a new take on the Thanksgiving favourite.

December 12th, 2015

Recipe courtesy of

Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
4 minutes
  • 1/2 Cups softened, unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoons 3 ml kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 butterball turkey (15 lb)
  1. Prepare turkey as per package directions.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°F/165°C. Combine butter, herbs, zest, mustard, salt and pepper in work bowl of blender or food processor; cover. Process until well blended.

  3. Remove butter mixture from blender. Carefully work fingers under skin on breast of turkey. Place half the butter mixture under breast skin. Rub remaining butter mixture over breast and legs.

  4. Place turkey, breast side up, on a flat rack in a shallow baking pan. Roast turkey approximately 2 hours. Then, cover breast and top of drumsticks loosely with foil to prevent overbrowning.

  5. Roast another 1 1/2 hours, or until thermometer reaches minimum 180°F / 83°C deep in the thigh.

  6. Let turkey stand for 15 minutes before carving.

Citrus Mustard Basted Turkey

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