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Honey-Apple Turkey with Gravy

HOWARD L. PUCKETT
Yield 12 servings (serving size: 6 ounces turkey and 2 tablespoons gravy)

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-pound) fresh or frozen turkey, thawed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Calvados (apple brandy)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Nutrition Information

  • calories 328
  • caloriesfromfat 11 %
  • fat 4.1 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 0.9 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 50.9 g
  • carbohydrate 19 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 142 mg
  • iron 3.4 mg
  • sodium 175 mg
  • calcium 39 mg

How to Make It

  1. Remove and discard giblets and neck from turkey. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey.

  2. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, and cook 5 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Combine turkey and juice mixture in a large oven cooking bag. Seal; marinate in refrigerator 24 hours. Remove from bag; reserve 2 3/4 cups marinade. Discard remaining marinade.

  3. Preheat oven to 325°.

  4. Place turkey on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray or on a rack set in a shallow roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone. Bake at 325° for 3 hours and 10 minutes or until thermometer registers 180°, basting occasionally with 2 cups marinade. (Cover turkey loosely with foil if it gets too brown.)

  5. Remove turkey from oven. Cover turkey loosely with foil; let stand at least 10 minutes before carving. Discard skin.

  6. Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner. Drain drippings into a medium saucepan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Add 1/2 cup marinade, broth, brandy, and honey to pan. Combine 1/4 cup marinade and flour; stir with a whisk. Add to gravy mixture in saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes; stir frequently. Serve gravy with turkey.