Recipe of the Month
I’ve been posting our favorite Thanksgiving recipes on the website since 2012, beginning with an Arugula, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad. In 2014, it was the delicious Sausage Fennel Stuffing. 2016- crunchy Green Beans w/ Toasted Walnuts & Dried Cherries, and in 2018 a decadent Kahlua Pumpkin Pie – Yum! This year you won’t be disappointed. It’s a maple syrup & butter glazed turkey recipe I found in a William Sonoma magazine over 20 years ago and it’s a crowd favorite! The brining is a must as it makes the turkey very tender and juicy, and the basting mixture of Maple Syrup and unsalted butter makes for a flavorful, crispy, beautiful golden brown skin. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 220 minutes
A long soak in a seasoned saltwater brine ensures the turkey will emerge juicy and flavorful. The salt penetrates the meat, drawing in moisture and other seasonings. You can also purchase a turkey that is packaged in a brining solution. As the bird roasts, it is brushed with maple butter, which promotes a crispy, golden brown skin.
- 1 fresh turkey, about 16 lb., brined in a brining bag with brine blend for 6 to 24 hours
- 1 cup organic maple syrup
- 12 Tbs. (1 1⁄2 sticks) unsalted organic butter, melted
- 2 yellow onions, cut into eighths
- 6 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch lengths
- 4 parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch lengths
- 1 large acorn squash, halved, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Remove the turkey from the brining bag, rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a flat rack in a large roasting pan. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and 8 Tbs. of the butter. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the onions, carrots, parsnips, squash, the remaining 4 Tbs. butter, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 425°F. Roast the turkey for 25 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F and roast for 45 minutes more, then begin basting the turkey every 30 minutes with the maple butter. After 2 1/2 hours of total roasting time, place the vegetables on the roasting rack. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast, away from the bone, registers 165°F and the thigh registers 175°F. Total roasting time should be 3 to 3 3/4 hours.
Transfer the turkey to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.
Increase the oven temperature to 375°F and continue roasting the vegetables until tender. Mix the vegetables with the pan drippings and transfer to a serving dish. Carve the turkey and pass the vegetables alongside. Serves 12 to 16.