Cider-Glazed Turkey

Cider-Glazed Turkey
Makes 12
Cook 8 m
Microwave 1 m
Roast 30 m
Prep overnight
Roast and for 1 1/2 hours at 350°F

Ingredients

Brine and Turkey

Gravy

Directions

Brine and Turkey

  1. 1 of 6 In a very large pot, combine 1 gallon of the water, 4 cups of the cider, the sugar, kosher salt, garlic and whole sage leaves. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 1 gallon of the remaining water and the ice. Cool completely.
  2. 2 of 6 Once brine is cool, transfer it to a turkey roasting bag. Carefully lift bag into pot and add turkey, breast side down, to brine. Seal bag and refrigerate turkey overnight.
  3. 3 of 6 Heat oven to 450 degrees. Discard brine and place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Combine butter, chopped sage, 1/2 tsp of the table salt and the pepper in a small dish. Microwave 1 minute, until butter is melted. Gently lift skin from turkey breast and brush butter mixture under skin. Brush any remaining mixture on top of turkey. Place apple and onion wedges inside cavity. Tie legs together.
  4. 4 of 6 Roast turkey at 450 degrees for 30 minutes, tenting with foil if it browns too quickly. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and roast for 1 hour, tenting with foil once turkey reaches desired color.
  5. 5 of 6 Meanwhile, place remaining 2 1/2 cups apple cider and pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat 25 minutes, until reduced to 1/2 cup.
  6. 6 of 6 Uncover turkey and brush with cider glaze. Add remaining 1 cup water to roasting pan. Continue to roast turkey, tented with foil, at 350 degrees for an additional 30 minutes, until temperature registers 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from roasting pan to a board. Let rest, covered with foil, 20 minutes.

Gravy

  1. 1 of 1 Pour pan drippings into a large fat separator. If there's less than 2 1/2 cups liquid, add chicken or turkey stock. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and salt. While whisking, add de-fatted pan drippings. Bring to a boil; boil 3 minutes.
Nutrition Information for Cider-Glazed Turkey
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Per Serving: 484 kcal cal., 261 mg chol., 21 g Fat, total, 911 mg sodium, 4 g carb., 7 g sat. fat, 66 g pro., 0 g fiber