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apple cider brined roasted turkey

Recipe by
barbara lentz
beulah, MI

super moist turkey and the apple cider makes a great tasting gravy.

yield serving(s)
cook time 4 Hr
method Roast

Ingredients For apple cider brined roasted turkey

  • 1 gal
    apple cider
  • 4
    bay leaves
  • 1 1/4 c
  • 12 c
    cold water
  • 14 lb
    turkey thawed
  • 1 stick
  • 4 c
    chicken stock
  • 1 c
    white wine
  • salt, pepper, paprika

How To Make apple cider brined roasted turkey

  • 1
    In large pot heat 4 cups Apple cider, bay leaves, and salt to boiling. Remove from heat and add 8 more cups of cider and 8 cups of water. Let cool.
  • 2
    Place turkey in large pot or bucket. Pour cooled brine over top. Place a heavy plate or brick on turkey to keep it submerged. Refrigerate 24 hours.
  • 3
    Preheat oven 300 degrees. Remove turkey from brine and rinse with water. Discard the brine. Season the turkey with salt, pepper, and paprika. Place turkey in roasting pan.
  • 4
    Pour the chicken broth and wine around the turkey. Place in oven and roast for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Until internal temp is 165 degrees
  • 5
    Meanwhile in a small saucepan heat remaining apple cider to a boil and continue to boil and reduce for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in butter. Baste the turkey with the cider butter sauce every 30 minutes.
  • 6
    Remove turkey from roaster and place on cutting board. Strain pan drippings and make a slurry of flour and water and create the gravy.

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