Pistachio Crusted Roasted Turkey



5 lbs pistachios, shelled

1 c dry bread crumbs

1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried tarragon

1/2 c olive oil

1 13-lb WHOLE TURKEY, fresh or thawed

To taste salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a food processor, grind pistachios to a powder. Mix pistachio powder, bread crumbs, dried herbs and oil together.

Pat the turkey dry with clean paper towels. Salt and pepper the interior and exterior of the turkey.

Sear turkey in a large sautoir.

Brush nut/herb mixture on the exterior of the bird, covering legs and wings as well as breast.

Place on a V-shaped rack in a shallow roasting pan. Roast turkey in a 325 degree F thermal oven for 3 hours and 45 minutes or until the interior temperature reaches 170 degrees F in the breast and 180 degrees F in the thigh.

Allow turkey to stand for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 1170

Calories from Fat 730

Total Fat 81 g

% Daily Total Fat 125

Saturated Fat 13 g

% Daily Saturated Fat 65

Cholesterol 155 g

% Daily Cholesterol 52

Sodium 300 mg

% Daily Sodium 13

Total Carbohydrates 40 g

% Daily Total Carbohydrates 13

Dietary Fiber 13 g

% Daily Dietary Fiber 52

Sugars 10 g

Protein 79 g

% Daily Protein 15

% Daily Vitamin C 10

% Daily Calcium 20

% Daily Iron 50