Cider-Basted Turkey with Apple
1 Turkey 12-15 lbs
1 cup apple cider
1/4 cup Calvados or applejack (apple brandy)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons dried rubbed sage
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
10 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, 2 cut into quarters, 8 cut into 8
1 large onion, sliced
6 fresh thyme sprigs
8 large sage leaves
1 15- to 16-pound turkey
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
1 cup (or more) water
2 cups (about) canned low-salt chicken broth
1/4 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons cornstarch
For turkey: Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 325°F. Combine
first 5 ingredients in small saucepan. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; bring liquid
to boil. Set liquid aside.
Mix 2 quartered apples, onion, thyme, sage leaves and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in
Rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry. Sprinkle main cavity with salt and pepper.
Spoon apple mixture into main cavity. Tuck wing tips under turkey; tie legs
together loosely. Place turkey in large roasting pan. Rub turkey breast and legs
with butter. Pour half of basting liquid over turkey. Sprinkle with salt and
Roast turkey 30 minutes. Pour remaining basting liquid over turkey. Roast 2
hours, basting frequently with pan juices and adding 1 cup (or more) water to
pan if juices have evaporated. Add all apple slices to pan juices around turkey.
Cover turkey loosely with foil to keep from browning too quickly. Continue to
roast until apples are tender, turkey is deep brown and thermometer inserted
into thickest part of thigh registers 175°F, basting frequently with pan juices,
about 1 hour 30 minutes longer.
Transfer turkey to platter. Tent loosely with foil; let stand 30 minutes
(internal temperature of turkey will increase 5 to 10 degrees).
For gravy: Using slotted spoon, transfer apples from pan juices to bowl. Pour
pan juices into 4-cup measuring cup. Spoon off fat and discard. Add enough
chicken broth to pan juices to measure 4 cups. Transfer broth mixture to large
saucepan; simmer 5 minutes. Add reserved apples; simmer 2 minutes. Mix apple
cider and cornstarch in small bowl. Whisk into gravy. Boil until gravy thickens,
about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Discard mixture from turkey cavity. Serve turkey with gravy.
Makes 10 servings.