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Fresh Thyme-Rubbed Turkey with White Cranberry Baste

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A savory dish for the holidays enhanced with a white cranberry baste.

Recipe Prep Time
Prep Time
20 min
Recipe Cook Time
Cook Time
3 hrs
Recipe Ready Time
Ready In
Recipe Servings


1 12 lb. turkey

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups Ocean Spray® White Cranberry Juice Drink

1/4 cup butter, melted 


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Season turkey with salt and pepper and rub with thyme. Place on rack in shallow roasting pan. Pour 2 cups of the cranberry juice into the bottom of the pan.

Combine 1/2 cup of the cranberry juice and butter in a small bowl and generously brush over turkey. 

Bake 20 minutes and brush with cranberry mixture. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Bake an additional 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours or until temperature reaches 175°F. in thickest point, brushing with cranberry mixture every 30 minutes. Cover with foil if browning too quickly towards the end. Add remaining 1 cup cranberry juice during baking if pan becomes dry. Drippings can be used for making gravy.


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