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 Apricot Glazed Turkey with Herb Butter

Apricot Glaze
1 Cup apricot nectar
1 Cup apricot preserves
2 Tablespoons fresh gingerroot, peeled and minced
1 Tablespoon honey

Combine apricot nectar, preserves, ginger and honey in a small heavy saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to 1- cups, about 15 minutes.

Herb Butter
3/4 Cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Blend cup butter, 3 tablespoons sage, salt and pepper in small bowl. Set aside.

Roasted Turkey
1 21-Pound WHOLE TURKEY, fresh or frozen (thawed)
32 Ounces TURKEY BROTH, divided
1 Teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 Teaspoon chopped fresh sage
As needed salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 F.
Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Season turkey cavity with salt and pepper.
Place turkey on rack, and set in large shallow roasting pan. Slide fingers under skin of turkey breast to loosen skin.

Spread half of herb butter over breast under skin. Place remaining herb butter in small saucepan. Stir over low heat until melted. Brush herb butter over outside of turkey. Tie legs together loosely to hold shape of turkey
Roast turkey for hour. Reduce oven temperature to 325F and continue to roast turkey another 1- hours, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Add broth to pan if pan drippings evaporate).
Bring apricot glaze to simmer. Brush turkey with -cup glaze; tent turkey with heavy-duty foil. Roast turkey 1 hour.

Remove foil; roast another hour, brushing remaining glaze over turkey. Turkey is done when button head of timer "pops" up and the internal temperature measures 170 degrees F in the breast.
Place turkey on platter, loosely tent with foil. Let stand hour before carving.

Yield: 30

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