Lacquered Roast Turkey
Our turkey’s all dressed up and glazed to a shine. Inside it’s juicy and flavorful.
- 1 (12-15 pound) turkey, rinsed under cool water and patted dry, excess fat removed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 3 Tablespoons fresh sage leaves, minced
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup Stonewall Kitchen Orange Cranberry Marmalade
- 1/3 cup hearty red wine
- 3 Tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 Tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups turkey or chicken stock
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Season turkey cavity with salt, pepper and 1 Tablespoon of the sage leaves. Place onion inside. Cream butter, remaining sage, 1 teaspoon of salt and several turns of pepper together until smooth.
- Starting at the neck, carefully work your hand under the turkey skin, separating it from the breast meat. Spread sage butter evenly under the skin, patting the skin outside to smooth it out.
Truss turkey legs, fold wings underneath body and season with salt and pepper.
- Roast turkey breast on an upper rack in a roasting pan for 20 minutes.
Turn heat down to 325 degrees F. and continue roasting until cooked, about 20 minutes per pound.
- While turkey is roasting, combine Orange Cranberry Marmalade, wine, lime juice, honey and Worcestershire sauce in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce by half. Strain and set aside.
- About 1/2 hour before turkey is done, when a meat thermometer reads about 160 degrees F., begin basting turkey with the glaze. Baste every 10 minutes until turkey thigh reaches an internal temperature of 175 degrees F. Reserve unused glaze for gravy.
- Remove turkey from oven and drain cavity and pan juices into a measuring cup. Transfer turkey to a platter and tent loosely with foil while preparing gravy. Turkey should stand for at least 20 minutes before slicing.
- Spoon 3 Tablespoons of fat from the pan juices (or unsalted butter) into a saucepan.
Skim off remaining fat and discard.
- Heat fat over medium–high heat. Stir in flour and cook until it is medium-brown color.
Whisk in stock and bring to a boil. When smooth, whisk in pan juice and remaining glaze and bring back to a boil.
- Season with salt and pepper and serve with sliced turkey.