The National Turkey Federation
- Turkey Prep:
- 1-- (12-pound) whole turkey, fresh or frozen (thawed)
- 1teaspoon salt
- 1/2teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1-- large orange, cut in eight wedges, seeds removed
- Winter Fruit Glaze:
- 1/4cup red currant jelly
- 2tablespoons orange marmalade
- 1/2teaspoon anise seeds, ground coarse by mortar/pestle or a coffee grinder
To prepare turkey: Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for gravy. Rinse turkey with cold running water and drain well. Blot dry with paper towels.
Sprinkle salt and pepper in the cavities of the bird. Place orange wedges in both body and neck cavities.
Fold neck skin and fasten to the back with skewers. Fold the wings under the back of the turkey. Return legs to tucked position.
To prepare glaze: In 1-cup microwave-safe glass container combine jelly, marmalade and anise seeds. Cook in microwave at HIGH (100 percent power) 30 to 45 seconds or until melted. Set aside.
Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (no
more than 2-1/2" deep) roasting pan. Insert an oven-safe thermometer into thickest part of the thigh, being careful it does not touch the bone.
Roast turkey in a preheated 325F oven about 3 1/2 hours (total roasting time) basting with pan juices. During the last 20 minutes of roasting time, baste the bird with Winter Fruit Glaze. Continue to roast until the thermometer registers 175-180F in the thigh and 165-170F in the breast.
Remove turkey from the oven and allow the bird to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. Place on a warm large platter and garnish.
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Nutritional Info *per serving
- Calories 450
- Fat 20g
- Saturated Fat 6g
- Cholesterol 170mg
- Sodium 140mg
- Potassium 585mg
- Carbohydrate 5g
- Fiber 0g
- Sugars 4g
- Protein 58g