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Recipe: Turkey with Lemon and Garlic

Here's a yummy recipe for turkey (NOT just for Thanksgiving):

1 turkey, thawed
1 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
8 cloves garlic
1 tblspoon lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 lemons, cut into wedges

Prepare turkey: remove neck & giblets and toss, give away, or reserve. Rinse turkey with running water. Drain and dry.

In mixer or blender, combine oil and lemon juice. As it runs, add garlic one clove at a time. Add lemon zest. Blend until pureed.

Lift skin to massage marinade into turkey. Or use an injector to get it into all of the thawed turkey. Massage. Put turkey into a food-bag or big sealable bowl. Refrigerate overnight.

Next day, remove turkey. Get rid of marinade (do not reuse). Place half of the lemon wedges into the turkey's cavity. Tie up turkey with cooking string, fasten with skewers, fold wings under, and tuck in legs.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place turkey with breast side up on a shallow roasting pan. Rub turkey with salt. Put in an oven-safe meal thermometer according to it's directions.

Roast for 2 1/2 hours. Baste. Loosely cover. Return to oven for another hour or until thermometer says 170 F in breast or 180 degrees F in thigh. Remove from oven. Rest covered for 20 minutes. Then carve. Garnish with lemon wedges, parsley, rosemary, sage and any other herbs.

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