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Garlic and Lemon Greek Roasted Turkey

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Garlic and Lemon Greek Roasted Turkey

Recipe created for

Caramelized Garlic Olive Oil

Main ingredient


Cook time

3 hours

Serving size




  • 1 12-15 lb Turkey, completely thawed
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Mediterranean Rub
  • 4 tablespoon Caramelized Garlic Olive Oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Rosemary Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Lemon, sliced thin
  • 2-3 Onions, cleaned and quartered
  • 3 cups chicken stock

Recipe Preparation

  1. The night before, prepare the turkey by removing the giblets and neck from the cavity. Rinse off, pat dry, and set on a roasting rack, breast side up. Gently slide your hand between the skin and breast, wiggling your fingers as you move through to create a pocket.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine yogurt, Mediterranean Rub, 2 Tbsp olive oil, minced garlic, sea salt, and black pepper.
  3. Spoon half of the yogurt mixture under the skin and massage around, rubbing it into all areas you can reach. Rub the remaining yogurt mixture around the outside of the bird on both sides.
  4. Arrange sliced lemons under the skin and the fill the center cavity with the onions. Drizzle everything with remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil.
  5. Wrap the bird in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook (at least 6 hours).
  6. The day of cooking, remove the marinated bird from the refrigerator at least 1 hour prior to cooking to bring it up to room temperature. Remove the plastic wrap. Pour the chicken stock in the bottom of the roasting pan.
  7. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes then reduce the heat to 350°F.
  9. Continue roasting until the internal temperature reaches 165°, about 2 to 2.5 hours. Cover with foil if the meat starts getting too dark. Let rest at least 20 minutes before carving.
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