Cider-Braised Turkey with Apples

Don't let the large amount of fresh spinach intimidate you. It cooks down to about 3 cups.


8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces turkey, about 1/3 cup spinach, and 1/4 cup apple mixture)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 292
Caloriesfromfat 18 %
Fat 5.9 g
Satfat 1.3 g
Monofat 2.1 g
Polyfat 1.5 g
Protein 41.1 g
Carbohydrate 21.3 g
Fiber 11.7 g
Cholesterol 85 mg
Iron 9.1 mg
Sodium 450 mg
Calcium 283 mg


2 (1 1/4-pound) skinned, boned turkey breast halves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 cup diced shallots
3 Fuji or gala apples (about 1 1/4 pounds), each cut into 8 wedges
1 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 (10-ounce) bags fresh spinach
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons stick margarine or butter
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


Preheat oven to 400°.

Secure turkey halves together at 1-inch intervals with heavy string. Rub surface of turkey with thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven; add turkey, browning on all sides. Remove turkey from pan. Add shallots; sauté 3 minutes. Add apples; sauté 3 minutes. Return turkey to pan. Stir in cider and rosemary; bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Uncover, turn turkey over, and bake an additional 30 minutes or until turkey is done and apples are tender. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 cups spinach; sauté until spinach wilts. Place in a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining spinach. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and margarine to spinach; toss well.

Cut turkey into 1/4-inch-thick slices; serve with apple mixture and spinach. Sprinkle with parsley.

December 1998
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