Quick Butterflied Roast Turkey Recipe | Yummly

Quick Butterflied Roast Turkey

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When you bring this browned bird to the table, your guests might be tempted to pull out their phones and take photos, but the turkey's beauty is not just skin-deep. A butterflied bird cooks more quickly and evenly than a conventional one, and most people feel it's easier to carve. You'll need sturdy kitchen scissors or poultry shears to cut out the backbone before roasting so you can flatten the turkey. Some butchers will also do this step for you. The recipe is a Yummly original created by David Bonom.


  • cooking oil spray (or olive oil)
  • 16 pounds turkey
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • thyme sprigs (Fresh, optional)
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