Honey-Apple Turkey with Gravy

HOWARD L. PUCKETT

Yield:

12 servings (serving size: 6 ounces turkey and 2 tablespoons gravy)

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Nutritional 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

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

Preparation

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.

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.

Preheat oven to 325°.

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.)

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

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.

Note:

December 1998