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Method:

  • Heat oven to 325°F.
  • Fasten neck skin to back of turkey with skewer.
  • Fold wings across back of turkey so tips are touching.
  • In small bowl, mix remaining ingredients except water, fresh sage and apples.
  • On rack in shallow roasting pan, place turkey, breast side up.
  • Brush with butter mixture.
  • Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone.
  • Add water to roasting pan.
  • Cover turkey loosely with foil or roaster cover; roast 3 hours.
  • Uncover; roast 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes longer.
  • Turkey is done when thermometer reads 165°F and drumsticks move easily when lifted or twisted.
  • Place turkey on warm platter; cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Let stand 15 minutes for easiest carving.
  • Garnish with sage and apples.