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  • 9 Ratings

An autumn-inspired combo of pear, cinnamon, ginger, and cherry help this turkey glaze recipe stand out from the classic roast turkey competition.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary test

prep:
25 mins
roast:
180 mins at 325°
stand:
15 mins
Servings:
8
Max Servings:
10
Yield:
4 ounces cooked turkey plus leftovers
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Spiced Turkey with Cherry-Pear Glaze

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove neck and giblets from turkey; discard. Rinse turkey; pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle inside of body cavity with kosher salt and pepper. Fill cavity with pears, lemon, stick cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Pull neck skin to back and fasten with a small skewer. Tuck drumstick securely to tail, if available. If there is not a band of skin, tie drumsticks securely to the tail using 100% cotton kitchen string. Twist wing tips under back. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush olive oil over turkey. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into center of inside thigh muscles. The thermometer should not touch bone. Cover loosely with foil.

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  • Roast for 2 3/4 hours. Remove foil. Roast for 15 to 45 minutes more (30 to 90 minutes more, if stuffed) or until thermometer reaches 175°F, brushing generously with about 1/2 cup of the Cherry-Pear Glaze the last 20 minutes of roasting (keep some of the sauce separate for serving with the turkey). When done, the turkey's juices should run clear and drumsticks should move easily in their sockets. Remove from oven.

  • Cover turkey with foil; let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Transfer turkey to a cutting board. Remove and discard fruits from inside turkey. Carve turkey. Serve with remaining Cherry-Pear Glaze.

Nutrition Facts (Spiced Turkey with Cherry-Pear Glaze)

517 calories; total fat 19g; saturated fat 5g; polyunsaturated fat 4g; monounsaturated fat 8g; cholesterol 249mg; sodium 364mg; potassium 1063mg; carbohydrates 19g; fiber 1g; sugar 16g; protein 69g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 76IU; vitamin c 2mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 1mg; niacin equivalents 24mg; vitamin b6 2mg; folate 52mcg; vitamin b12 5mcg; calcium 24mg; iron 2mg.

Cherry-Pear Glaze

Ingredients

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  • In a medium saucepan combine pear juice, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, and allspice. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until reduced to 1 1/2 cups. Using a slotted spoon, remove cinnamon sticks, ginger, and allspice; discard. Stir in cherry preserves, vinegar, and salt. Makes 2 cups.

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Reviews

9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2015
I love this recipe.  So does my family.  I've used this for the past 3 Thanksgivings.  I also use it to cook our Christmas Duck.  Very yummy!
Rating: Unrated
11/17/2013
Tested a few prospective recipes on a whole chicken. This is the ONE!