Sage Butter Roasted Turkey
Dress up your holiday table with this Sage Butter Roasted Turkey.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, fine chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • 1 whole turkey ( about 12 to 14 pounds) rinsed and patted dry, trussed
  • Cheesecloth, as needed
  • 1 cup melted butter

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Serves: 10


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine softened butter, sage, salt and black pepper in small bowl and mix to blend.
  3. Gently slide hand under skin of turkey breast to loosen skin; spread sage butter evenly over breast meat.
  4. Place turkey, breast side up, in roasting pan; season lightly with salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Double the cheesecloth and soak in melted butter; drape evenly over turkey.
  6. Roast turkey for 3 to 3 3/4 hours or until juices run clear and thermometer registers 170°F at thickest part of thigh, brushing cheesecloth evenly with pan drippings every 30 minutes or so.
  7. Remove roasted turkey from oven, carefully remove cheesecloth, cover turkey loosely with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before carving.