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Roast Turkey With Apple Cider Glaze

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Roast up a tender 12 pound turkey covered with a delicious apple cider glaze that uses apple butter, brown sugar, Dijon, nutmeg and red and black peppers.

Roast Turkey With Apple Cider Glaze


1 fresh or frozen whole turkey (12 pounds), thawed
1 medium apple, quartered
1 medium onion, quartered
1 bunch (1 ounce) parsley springs
2/3 cup apple butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1-1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1-1/4 teaspoons black pepper, divided
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 cans (10-1/2 ounces) low salt chicken broth
Cooking spray
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
3/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup 1-percent low fat milk

Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Remove giblets and neck from turkey; discard, if desired. Rinse turkey thoroughly with cold water; pat dry. Tie ends of legs to tail with cord, or tuck flap of skin around tail. Lift wing tips up and over back and tuck under bird. Stuff cavities of turkey with quartered apple, onion and parsley sprigs.

Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine apple butter, sugar, mustard and nutmeg in a small bowl; stir well. Spread apple butter mixture under loosened skin and rub into the body cavity. Sprinkle bird with 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper and ground red pepper. Pour broth and enough water to equal 3 cups liquid into the bottom of the pan.

Place turkey on a rack coated with cooking spray; place rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone. Bake at 325 degrees for 3 hours or until thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Cover turkey loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin. Remove turkey from pan, reserving 1-1/2 cups cooking liquid; reserve remaining cooking liquid for another use. Place turkey on a platter. Set aside; keep warm.

Pour reserved 1-1/2 cups cooking liquid into a zip-top plastic bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag; drain liquid into measuring cup, reserving 1 cup of broth and stopping before the fat layer reaches the opening. Drain fat layer into another bowl, reserving 2 tablespoons. Discard remaining fat. Combine reserved fat and flour in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until smooth. Stir in reserved 1 cup broth, cider and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 3 minutes, stirring constantly until thick and bubbly. Stir in remaining salt and black pepper. Serve gravy with skinned turkey.

Recipe Note

This recipe can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for up to three weeks in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings Serving size: 6 ounces turkey and 2 tablespoons gravy
Calories: 372; Fat: 10g; Protein: 53.4g; Carbohdyrates: 13.4g; Fiber: 0.2g; Cholesterol: 130mg; Sodium: 524mg

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