pat outside and cavity of turkey dry with paper towels. arrange it breast side up on a roasting rack set inside a roasting pan and allow it to stand at room temperature 1 hour before roasting.
remove all but one of the oven racks and position it in the bottom third of the oven. preheat oven to 500.
place 1 onion, all of the carrots, half of the celery, and the peeled garlic cloves inside the cavity of the bird. squeeze the juice of the lemon into the cavity and stuff the lemon halves inside with the rosemary, parsley, and thyme. tie the drumsticks together with kitchen twine.
combine the melted ghee and olive oil in a bowl and rub it all over the skin. reserve the remainder for basting. place the turkey on a roasting rack set inside a roasting pan and scatter the remaining onions, celery, and whole garlic on the bottom of the pan.
roast the turkey on the bottom rack for 30 minutes. rotate the pan, baste the turkey with the remaining oil mixture, then reduce the temperature to 350.
Continue roasting until a thermometer reads 165 when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh the the juices run clear. a 12-14 pound bird will take about 1/2 to 2 hours longer or 2 to 2.5 hours longer for a 14-16 pound bird. let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil for 15 minutes before carving.
storage: store tightly covered up to 5 days. reheat in a covered dish with a small amount of chicken broth at the bottom to help keep it moist. use other leftovers in sandwiches, soups, or even a pot pie.
Notes: roasting times may vary depending on the type of turkey you purchase. these times related to an organic, free range bird which tend to be slightly leaner than a conventional turkey.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (67g)|
|Recipe Makes: 12 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 21 (48%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 2.3g||3 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.3g||2 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.3g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 20.3mg||1 %|
|Potassium 140.9mg||4 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 6.2g||2 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.6g||6 %|
|Sugars, other 4.6g|
|Protein 0.8g||1 %|
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Calories per serving: 44
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