Thanksgiving Feast: Roast Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

Apple-flavored gravy gives this roast turkey recipe a rich and tangy flavor.

| November/December 2006

  • Apple-flavored gravy gives this roast turkey recipe a rich and tangy flavor.
    Photo By Joe Coca

Roast Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy
Serves 8 to 10

Organic and heirloom birds have a more pronounced (read: less bland) “turkey” flavor. (Organic poultry is raised on certified organic feed or grass and contains no antibiotics, growth hormones or artificial flavors and colors.) Basted with a cider-Port mixture, the skin bakes up brown and slightly sweet. Apple-flavored gravy is rich and tangy. You will need to make the stuffing and glaze first.

16-pound turkey, giblets removed
1 batch Apple-Sausage Stuffing
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup apple cider (or unfiltered apple juice)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
2 cups Apple Cider Glaze (see recipe below)
4 cups turkey broth or chicken broth
1 large apple, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup flour
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh sage and thyme (optional garnish)

1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

2. Place turkey on a roasting rack in a flame-proof roasting pan. Spoon 5 cups of stuffing into main cavity and 1 cup of stuffing into neck cavity. Tuck wings under turkey body and tie legs together with butcher’s twine.

3. To make a side dish of stuffing, beat egg and apple cider in a bowl and add to the remaining stuffing so it stays moist while cooking. Toss to mix, then spoon into a buttered 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Dot with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

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