Wine Country Roast Turkey Recipe

Wine Country Roast Turkey is very popular as a Thanksgiving recipe. Learn how to make/prepare Wine Country Roasted Turkey by following this easy recipe.
Wine Country Roast Turkey Recipe
Difficulty Average
Recipe Type Non Veg.
  • 1 Whole turkey of 12 to 15 pound, fresh or thawed if frozen
  • 1 Onion, cut in quarters
  • 2 Stalks celery, cut in half
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/4 Cup orange juices
  • 1 Cup rose wine, divided
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground paprika
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Seasoned salt
How to make Wine Country Roast Turkey:
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Wash the turkey in cool running water and pat dry with clean paper towels.
  • Place it on a V-shaped rack in a shallow roasting pan.
  • Put onion, celery and 1/2 cup wine in body cavity and sprinkle body cavity with salt and pepper.
  • Using twine, tie legs together over cavity and tuck wings under or skewer against sides of the turkey.
  • Brush the turkey with 1/4 cup melted butter.
  • Place the food thermometer in the inner thigh.
  • Roast it uncovered, breast side up, in the preheated oven for about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine rest of the melted butter, wine, orange and lemon juices, seasoned salt, onion powder and paprika, mix well.
  • Use to baste the turkey regularly during remaining roasting time for about 2 to 3 hours.
  • Roasting time varies so use the food thermometer and roast till the internal temperature of the inner thigh reaches 180 degrees F.
  • If the turkey starts to brown too early, cover the breast and top of drumsticks loosely with the aluminum foil.
  • Allow the turkey to stand for about 15 to 20 minutes before carving.