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5 Ways to get out of your oven-roasted turkey rut (VIDEO)

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3. Butterflied turkey

Butterflied Turkey
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  • 1 (12 pound) turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1 head garlic, top cut off
  • 2 sprigs rosemary


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Rinse the inside and outside of the turkey, and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Using kitchen shears, cut out the backbone of the turkey.
  4. Open the turkey, flip it over to breast side up, and break the breastbone on both sides by pressing down on the middle.
  5. Place the lemons, rosemary and garlic on the baking sheet. Flatten out the turkey on top.
  6. Brush with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Cook for 40 minutes, then rotate the turkey, and cook for another 40 minutes.
  8. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before carving.

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