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Easy Herb Roasted Turkey

* 1 (12 pound) whole turkey

* 3/4 cup olive oil

* 2 tablespoons garlic powder

* 2 teaspoons dried basil

* 1 teaspoon ground sage

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

* 2 cups water

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Clean turkey (discard giblets and organs), and place in a roasting pan with a lid.

2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, ground sage, salt, and black pepper. Using a basting brush, apply the mixture to the outside of the uncooked turkey. Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover.

3. Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove bird from oven, and allow to stand for about 30 minutes before carving.

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