Maple Roast Turkey Recipe

Use apple cider and some other fresh ingredients to give the roasted turkey a maple taste.

How To Make Maple Roast Turkey

A simple recipe for roast turkey without having to deal with dry and bland meat. This roast turkey will come out incredibly moist and flavorful with its array of roasted vegetables to help flavor the bird in the oven and letting out steam to allow for a moist interior, then add to that a maple-infused glaze.

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ⅓ cup real maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp. fresh thyme (chopped )
  • 2 tbsp fresh marjoram (chopped )
  • ½ tsp lemon zest (grated )
  • ¾ cup butter (softened)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 12 lb whole turkey (neck and giblets reserved)
  • 2 cups onion (chopped )
  • ½ cup celery (chopped )
  • ½ cup carrots (chopped )
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup apple brandy
  1. Combine apple cider and maple syrup in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Continue cooking until reduced to ½ cup, then remove pan from heat.

  3. Stir in 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon marjoram, and lemon zest.

  4. Stir in butter until melted, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover, and refrigerate until cold.
  6. Place turkey on a rack set in a roasting pan.
  7. Reserve ¼ cup maple butter for gravy, and rub the remaining maple butter under the skin of the breast and over the outside of turkey.

  8. Arrange onion, celery, carrots turkey neck and giblets around the turkey.
  9. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon thyme and 1 tablespoon marjoram over vegetables.
  10. Pour 2 cups of broth into pan.

  11. Roast turkey for 30 minutes at 375 degrees F.

  12. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Cover entire turkey loosely with foil.

  13. Continue roasting for about 2 ½ hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180 degrees F.

  14. Transfer turkey to platter, and let stand 30 minutes.
  15. Strain the pan juices into a large measuring cup and then remove any excess fat.

  16. Add enough chicken broth to pan juices to measure 3 cups.
  17. Transfer liquid to a saucepan, and bring to boil.
  18. In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup maple butter and ⅓ cup flour until smooth.

  19. Whisk flour and butter mixture into broth mixture.
  20. Stir in remaining thyme and the bay leaf.
  21. Boil until reduced to sauce consistency, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  22. Mix in apple brandy, if desired.
  23. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

How To Make Maple Roast Turkey

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A simple recipe for roast turkey without having to deal with dry and bland meat. This roast turkey will come out incredibly moist and flavorful with its array of roasted vegetables to help flavor the bird in the oven and letting out steam to allow for a moist interior, then add to that a maple-infused glaze.

Preparation: 45 mins
Cooking: 3 hrs 35 mins
Total: 4 hrs 20 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • cup real maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp. fresh thyme chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh marjoram chopped
  • ½ tsp lemon zest grated
  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 lb whole turkey neck and giblets reserved
  • 2 cups onion chopped
  • ½ cup celery chopped
  • ½ cup carrots chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup apple brandy

Instructions

  1. Combine apple cider and maple syrup in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Continue cooking until reduced to ½ cup, then remove pan from heat.

  3. Stir in 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon marjoram, and lemon zest.

  4. Stir in butter until melted, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover, and refrigerate until cold.
  6. Place turkey on a rack set in a roasting pan.
  7. Reserve ¼ cup maple butter for gravy, and rub the remaining maple butter under the skin of the breast and over the outside of turkey.

  8. Arrange onion, celery, carrots turkey neck and giblets around the turkey.
  9. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon thyme and 1 tablespoon marjoram over vegetables.
  10. Pour 2 cups of broth into pan.

  11. Roast turkey for 30 minutes at 375 degrees F.

  12. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Cover entire turkey loosely with foil.

  13. Continue roasting for about 2 ½ hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180 degrees F.

  14. Transfer turkey to platter, and let stand 30 minutes.
  15. Strain the pan juices into a large measuring cup and then remove any excess fat.

  16. Add enough chicken broth to pan juices to measure 3 cups.
  17. Transfer liquid to a saucepan, and bring to boil.
  18. In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup maple butter and ⅓ cup flour until smooth.

  19. Whisk flour and butter mixture into broth mixture.
  20. Stir in remaining thyme and the bay leaf.
  21. Boil until reduced to sauce consistency, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  22. Mix in apple brandy, if desired.
  23. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 102mg
  • Calories: 972kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Cholesterol: 348mg
  • Fat: 45g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 1357mg
  • Protein: 106g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Sodium: 1081mg
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Vitamin A: 2483IU
  • Vitamin C: 13mg
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