Maple-Glazed Turkey and Gravy
Original Kaboose.com recipe and photography by Wendy Kalen
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A simple glaze makes the turkey glisten, while its drippings flavor the gravy with a whisper of maple sweetness.
- One 12-pound turkey
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 to 5 cups stuffing
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 1/4 cup apple jelly
- About 6 tablespoons flour
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Fold wing tips under bird and place turkey breast side up on top of the onions.
- Add stuffing to front and back cavities of turkey, making sure not to pack it tightly. Sprinkle turkey with salt and pepper.
- After 2 hours add water to the bottom of the roasting pan. In a medium pot over medium heat, mix maple syrup and apple jelly. Bring to a boil and reduce to a vigorous simmer. Simmer about 10 minutes or until the mixture has been thickened and reduced to 6 tablespoons.
- After roasting 2 1/2 hours, brush turkey breast, wings, and thighs with maple syrup mixture.
- Roast turkey for approximately 3 hours total, or until instant read thermometer in thickest part of thigh registers 170 degrees F. Let sit for 30 minutes before carving.
- Gravy: Pour liquid from roasting pan into measuring cup. Discard onions, carrots, heart, and neck. Skim off fat from liquid and pour all but 1/4 cup back into roasting pan. For every 1/2 cup of liquid (what's in the pan and what is set aside as the reserved liquid) use 1 tablespoon flour. Stir that total amount of flour into the 1/4 cup of cooled, reserved liquid, and mix together well. (Note: You'll be stirring enough flour that is proportionate to all the existing liquid into that 1/4 cup of cooled liquid.) Heat the liquid in the roasting pan over medium heat, and slowly add the flour mixture to it, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Tips & Tricks
• Add a dash of cayenne pepper and cinnamon to the gravy for a deeper, more sophisticated flavor.
• As every turkey is different, check temperature after 2 hours to see how the roasting is progressing. A moist turkey is worth the little extra time it takes to check the temperature early and often.
3 1/2 hours
How kids can help
- Sprinkle salt and pepper on turkey
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