Apple-Sage Roasted Turkey
“A hint of apple flavour gives a slightly sweet spin to a holiday dinner’s main event. The lovely aroma wafting from your kitchen as this turkey cooks will have everybody talking.” —Suzy Horvath, Milwaukie, Oregon
Taste of Home
|Servings||Prep Time||Cook Time|
|14servings||20minutes||3.5hours + standing|
|3.5hours + standing|
- 1/2 cup apple cider or juice
- 1/2 cup apple jelly
- 1/3 cup butter cubed
- 1/3 cup minced fresh sage
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 1 turkey 14 to 16 pounds
- 2 tbsp apple cider or juice
- 1-1/2 tsp salt
- 1-1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 large apples cut into wedges
- 1 large onion cut into wedges
- 8 fresh sage leaves
- Preheat oven to 325°. In a small saucepan, combine apple cider, jelly and butter. Cook and stir until butter is melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine minced sage and butter. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; rub butter mixture under the skin. Brush turkey with apple cider. Sprinkle salt and pepper over turkey and inside cavity.
- Place apples, onion and sage leaves inside the cavity. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan.
- Bake, uncovered, 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, basting occasionally with cider mixture. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. Cover and let stand 20 minutes before slicing.
- Freeze option: Place sliced turkey in freezer containers; top with any cooking juices. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
9 ounces cooked turkey: 506 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 191mg cholesterol, 466mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fibre), 66g protein.