12- to 14-pound turkey, giblets removed
bunch flat-leaf parsley
kitchen string (optional)
small carrots, cut into quarters lengthwise
stalks celery, cut into 3-inch-long strips
medium yellow onions, cut into wedges
kosher salt and pepper
low-sodium chicken broth
large cloves garlic, finely chopped
fresh sage, finely chopped
lemon, zest grated and juice squeezed
- Heat oven to 425° F.
- Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. Place the wings underneath the body. Place the 1/2 bunch of parsley in the cavity. If you like a tidy-looking bird, tie the drumsticks together using the kitchen string.
- Place the carrots, celery, and onions in a metal roasting pan. Transfer the turkey to a wire rack and place it on top of the vegetables.
- Finely chop the remaining 1/2 bunch parsley. In a small bowl, combine the parsley with the garlic, sage, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Carefully slide your fingers under the skin of the turkey breast and thighs to loosen it. Stuff the herb mixture under the skin.
- Drizzle the skin with the remaining 6 tablespoons oil and, using your fingers, spread it on evenly. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast the turkey uncovered until browned, 30 to 45 minutes.
- Add the broth to the pan. Cover the turkey loosely with foil. Reduce oven temperature to 350° F. Roast until a thermometer inserted in a thigh registers 165° F, about 2 hours. Let the turkey rest for at least 30 minutes before carving. Reserve the pan drippings and vegetables for the gravy.