Roast Turkey with Onion Jam

The sweet-savory jam forms a crust on the turkey as it roasts in this dinner recipe.

Roast Turkey with Onion Jam
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Prep Time:
15 mins
Roast Time:
3 hrs
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 10 pound turkey

  • Salt (optional)

  • Vegetable oil

  • 6 medium red and/or white onions, cut into wedges

  • 10 unpeeled garlic cloves

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 recipe Sweet Onion Jam or 1 cup purchased roasted onion jam

  • Chicken broth (optional)

  • ¼ cup dry white wine or apple juice

  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Sweet Onion Jam

  • ¼ inch of the pointed top of 1 whole garlic bulb

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet onion

  • ½ cup finely chopped Granny Smith apple

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ½ cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Rinse turkey; pat dry with paper towels. If desired, season body cavity with salt. Pull neck skin to back and fasten with a small skewer.

  2. If a band of skin crosses the tail, tuck the ends of the drumsticks under the band. If there is no band of skin, tie the drumsticks securely to the tail with 100-percent-cotton string. Twist wing tips under the back.

  3. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into the center of one of the inside thigh muscles. (The thermometer should not touch bone.) Brush turkey with oil. Cover turkey loosely with foil.

  4. Roast turkey for 1-1/4 hours. Toss onion wedges and unpeeled garlic cloves with the 2 tablespoons oil. Spoon the onion mixture around the turkey and roast about 1-1/4 hours more or until the thermometer registers 160 degrees F.

  5. Remove foil; cut band of skin or string between drumsticks so thighs cook evenly. Carefully spread the Sweet Onion Jam over turkey. Continue roasting, uncovered, for 30 to 45 minutes more or until thermometer registers 180 degrees F.

  6. Transfer turkey, onion wedges, and garlic to a serving platter. Cover turkey with foil and let stand for 15 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, for gravy, pour pan drippings into a large measuring cup; skim fat from drippings. Strain the remaining pan drippings and add chicken broth, if necessary, to equal 1-3/4 cups. In a medium saucepan combine wine and flour; stir in strained pan drippings. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Carve turkey; serve with gravy. Makes 12-14 servings.

Sweet Onion Jam

  1. Cut off about 1/4 inch of the pointed top of 1 whole garlic bulb so that the individual cloves show. Place the bulb, cut end up, in a custard cup. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cover with foil and bake in a 325 degree F oven for 45 to 60 minutes or until the garlic cloves feel soft when pressed. Cool. Gently squeeze out the garlic paste from the individual cloves into a saucepan. Stir in 1 cup finely chopped sweet onion, 1/2 cup finely chopped Granny Smith apple, 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, and 1/2 cup sugar. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion and apple soften, turn transparent, and the mixture thickens. Cool. Transfer to a covered container and chill for up to 1 day. Makes about 1 cup.

Turkey Breast Option:

Use two 2- to 2-1/2-pound turkey breast portions with bone. Place , bone side down, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan and brush lightly with oil. Roast in a 325 degrees F. oven for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until juices run clear (170 degrees F.) adding garlic and onions the whole roasting time and brushing with jam the last 45 minutes of roasting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

590 Calories
27g Fat
19g Carbs
62g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 590
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 202mg 67%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 62g
Vitamin C 4.7mg 24%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 4.5mg 25%
Potassium 718mg 15%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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