Maple Bourbon-Glazed Roasted Turkey

Michael Symon
Servings: 8 - 10
2+ hr

Jazz up your turkey this Thanksgiving with this amazing recipe!

  • Ingredients
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Maple Bourbon-Glazed Roasted Turkey
  • 1 10- pound whole turkey, gibblets removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1 small orange (quartered)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • The day before cooking the turkey, pat the turkey dry with paper towels inside out then season well with salt, inside and out. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove the the turkey from the refrigerator 1-2 hours before roasting and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • Rub the olive oil all over the outside of the turkey and season with pepper. Stuff the cavity with thyme and orange. Place the turkey breast-side down on a roasting rack set inside of a roasting pan.
  • Place turkey in the oven and roast until for about 45 minutes, then turn the oven down to 375ºF and continue to roast until the internal temperature reaches 130ºF, about 1 hour. Flip the turkey so it is breast-side up and roast until the internal temperature reaches 160-165ºF, about 1 more hour.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the bourbon, apple cider, maple syrup and butter and bring to a gentle boil and allow to reduce by half, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In the last hour of cooking gently flip the turkey over to crisp the skin. Start glazing the turkey in the last 30-45 minutes of cooking.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.
  • Tip: Stuff the cavity of the turkey with your favorite citrus and herbs to fit your families turkey day tastes!
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