Maple Roast Turkey

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 210 minutes
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Copyright 2009; by Christine L.


A turkey is roasted in a compound butter made with cider, maple syrup, lemon peel and fresh herbs. This recipe includes instructions for making a gravy using vegetables that have been roasted with the turkey.




1 (12 pound) Foster Farms Fresh Whole Turkey, neck and giblets reserved

2 cups chopped onion

1 1/2 cups chopped celery

1 1/2 cups chopped carrots

3 cups chicken broth



1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1  bay leaf

1/2 cup apple brandy


Maple Butter

2 cups apple cider

1/3 cup real maple syrup

2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

2 tablespoons chopped fresh marjoram

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

3/4 cup butter, softened

  salt and pepper to taste


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1. Combine apple cider and maple syrup in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until reduced to 1/2 cup, then remove pan from heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon marjoram, and lemon zest. Stir in butter until melted, and season with salt and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate until cold.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place rack in lower third of oven.

3. Place turkey on a rack set in a roasting pan. Reserve 1/4 cup maple butter for gravy, and rub the remaining maple butter under the skin of the breast and over the outside of turkey. Arrange onion, celery, carrots turkey neck and giblets around the turkey. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon thyme and 1 tablespoon marjoram over vegetables. Pour 2 cups broth into pan.

4. Roast turkey for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cover entire turkey loosely with foil. Continue roasting for about 2 1/2 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Transfer turkey to platter, and let stand 30 minutes.

5. Strain the pan juices into a large measuring cup, and then remove any excess fat. Add enough chicken broth to pan juices to measure 3 cups. Transfer liquid to a saucepan, and bring to boil. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup maple butter and 1/3 cup flour until smooth. Whisk flour and butter mixture into broth mixture. Stir in remaining thyme and the bay leaf. Boil until reduced to sauce consistency, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Mix in apple brandy, if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Calories   877 cal
Total Fat   43.6 g
Cholesterol   296 mg
Sodium   611 mg
Carbohydrates   20.7 g
Fiber   1.4 g
Protein   92.2 g


Quick Cook
30 minutes or less


Kid Friendly
Low Fat
Main Dish
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