You hit this one out of the park, CL! My guests and I agreed this was the best turkey we've ever had - moist, flavorful, just a hint of spice blended beautifully with the sweetness of the apples and cider. I will definitely make this again next year. I followed the recipe pretty closely and it came out great. Next time I would allow more time to reduce the gravy and perhaps cut down on the amount of broth since there were plenty of drippings.
Apple-Poblano Whole Roast Turkey
tonikitchen Posted: 11/26/10
allisonjessee Posted: 11/24/10
We used a chicken instead of a turkey for this recipe, but it was delicious! The spice of the poblano and the sweetness of the apple were great together. And the gravy was great (although we didn't have a ton of drippings since we used chicken). The meat was amazingly tender and just fell off the bone. I definitely recommend this!
NancyHW Posted: 11/26/10
I made this for my annual family Thanksgiving dinner and I have not ever gotten more compliments than ever before. The comments made most were that it was a nice change to the traditional garlic/onion/sage that most people prepare but yet not strange enough to not feel like a wonderful Thanksgiving turkery dinner. I would allow more time to boil down for the gravy is the only hint I have!
Clockwork Posted: 10/24/10
Wonderfully moist and flavorful. Followed the recipe exactly. The brine makes a huge difference and the meat retains an amazing flavor. The breast meat was beautifully moist and tasty(even as a leftover out of the microwave for lunch today). Would make again for a special occasion.
johnflurry Posted: 11/25/10
My wife made our Thanksgiving Turkey with this recipe and it was a crowd stopper. All the guests were amazed at the flavor and moistness. I usually don't prefer white meat but this time I had seconds. We did cook a 22 pound turkey so we had to doble the recipe. We adjusted the cook time as follows (500 degrees at 30 min, 350 for 120, 90, 60 and let it rest for 30 minutes.) It turned out perfect. Thanks! -@johnflurry
AnthonyStephens Posted: 12/11/10
I have made this twice and both times it was excellent! The second time I placed half a poblano and some apple slices under the skin on top of each breast, this really added more pepper flavor to the meat!
mrscmj Posted: 11/27/11
My one tip: make sure you don't use your standard gravy recipe. I did and my gravy was lacking. Wish I had followed the recipe!
wandawood Posted: 12/28/11
This was the best turkey recipe ever!!!! We made it for Christmas dinner & both the kids & adults absolutely loved it. The spiciness of the peppers with the sweetness of the apple was absolutely divine!!! The turkey was so flavorful & juicy!!! Every piece of turkey was flavorful. There wasn't any bland pieces like you get with other recipes. Will definitely do this one again. My go to turkey recipe!!!! Thanks cooking light.
jwinkelman Posted: 11/19/13
Best turkey ever. Seriously. We've made it twice since it was published and sort of regret the year we didn't make it. Don't be put off by the chiles. By the time all is said & done they add a sweet, slightly smoky flavor. Follow the gravy recipe as close as you can. First time we made it we forgot to put in the cilantro & lime and it was really good. Upon reheat, we added it and it was amazing. If you have some non-cilantro lovers, I would omit it (or make two gravies). If you like a little more heat, add more red & black pepper or leave the seeds in the chiles. Being Thanksgiving we didn't feel it was necessary. We've made it for guests, and they all simply love it.