Sunday, December 5, 2010

Turkey with Maple-Cranberry Glaze

Though we weren't home for Thanksgiving this year, I couldn't pass up the super cheap turkeys. I decided to roast the turkey over the weekend and invited my mom to come eat with us.

Last year, I used Alton Brown's brining method and it was very good. This year, my schedule was too hectic to mess with brining so I used a Paula Deen recipe I found online and hoped for the best. It was VERY flavorful and moist - we couldn't tell much difference between this year's turkey and last year's brined turkey honestly.

I stuffed my turkey with sliced oranges and sage, thyme, and rosemary.

Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze
Turkey:
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon House Seasoning, recipe follows
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves
1 (15-pound) turkey

Glaze:
3 tablespoons butter
1 (12-ounce bag) cranberries
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup cranberry juice
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 
Turkey:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small mixing bowl combine the butter, House Seasoning, parsley, shallots, and garlic. Thoroughly rinse and dry the turkey. Tuck the wings underneath the body and place the turkey in a roasting pan. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey.

Roast for 18 minutes per pound. The turkey is done when an instant-read thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh and registers 165 degrees F. and the juices run clear. Remove from the oven and loosely tent with foil. Let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Glaze:
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer until the cranberries burst, about 8 to 10 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve and let cool. Reserve for turkey.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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