Maple-Sage Brined Turkey
“When the leaves start turning, it’s turkey time at our house. We use maple-sage brine to help brown the bird and make the meat incredibly juicy.” —Kim Forni, Laconia, New Hampshire
Taste of Home
|Servings||Prep Time||Cook Time|
|20servings||40minutes + brining||2-1/2hours + standing|
|20servings||40minutes + brining|
|2-1/2hours + standing|
- 4 quarts water
- 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup sea salt
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 24 fresh sage leaves
- 6 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp yellow prepared mustard
- 2 tbsp coarsely ground pepper
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 4 quarts ice water
- 2 turkey-size oven roasting bags
- 1 turkey 14 to 16 pounds
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt optional
- In a large stockpot, combine first 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Remove from heat. Add 4 quarts ice water to cool the brine to room temperature.
- Put 1 turkey-size oven roasting bag inside the other; place in a large stockpot. Place turkey in inner bag; pour in cooled brine. Seal bags, pressing out as much air as possible. Refrigerate 18-24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Remove turkey from brine; rinse and pat dry. Discard brine. Place turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Rub oil over outside of turkey; sprinkle with pepper and, if desired, salt.
- Roast, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, 2-1/2-3 hours. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
- Remove turkey from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving.
7 ounces cooked turkey with skin: 384 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 172mg cholesterol, 168mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fibre), 51g protein.