This roast turkey recipe takes up to three hours to prepare but it is worthwhile to have a lovely brown roast as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table.

roast turkey

Roast Turkey

This roast turkey recipe is suitable as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
5 from 4 votes
Pin Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine South African
Servings 12
Calories 81 kcal


  • 1 fresh turkey 10 to 12 pounds
  • ¼ lb butter
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 head garlic halved


  • Preheat oven to 180ºC (350°F).
  • Melt butter and add chopped thyme, lemon juice and zest.
  • Wash and trim the turkey by removing excess fat and feathers.
  • Salt and pepper the inside of the turkey.
  • Stuff it with the bunch of thyme, lemon, onion and garlic.
  • Brush the outside with the butter mix.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 2½ to 3 hours.


Calories: 81kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 252IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
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