Apple Cider-Brined Turkey With Savory Herb Gravy Recipe

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  1. To prepare brine, combine first 8 ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until sugar and salt dissolve. Cool completely.
  2. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for Savory Herb Gravy. Rinse Turkey with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Stuff body cavity with orange quarters. Place a turkey-sized oven bag inside a second bag to form a double thickness. Place bags in a large stockpot. Place turkey inside inner bag. Add cider mixture and ice. Secure bags with several twist ties. Refrigerat for 12 to 24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Preheat oven to 500 degrees:.
  4. Remove turkey from bags and discard bring, orange quarters, and bags. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Place garlic, sage, thyme, parsely, onion, and broth in the botom of a roasting pan. Place roasting rack in pan. Arrange turkey, breast side down on roastick rack. Brush turkey back with 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake at 500% for 30 minutes.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  6. Remove turkey from oven. Carefully turn turkey over (breast side up) using tongs. Brush turkey breast with 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into meat party of thigh registers 170 degrees. Remove turkey from oven; let stand20 minutes. Reserve pan drippings for Savory Herb Gravy.
  7. Directions for Gravy:.
  8. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add turkey neck and giblets; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Add water and next 7 ingredients (through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is reduced to about 2 1/2 cups (about 1 hours). Strain through a colander over a bowl, reserving cooking liquid and turkey neck. Discard remaining solids. Chill cooking liquid completely.Skim fat from surface, and discard. Remove meat from neck; finely chop meat. Discard neck bone. Add neck meat to cooking liquid.
  9. Strain the reserved turkey drippings throug a colander over a shallow bowl; discard solids. Place strained drippings in freezer for 20 minutes. Skim fat from surface; discard.
  10. Place flour in a medium saucepan; add 1/4 cup cooking liquid, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add remaining cooking liquid, turkey drippings, salt and pepper; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 238.09 Kcal (997 kJ)
Calories from fat 40.57 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.51g 7%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 1593.29mg 66%
Potassium 646.43mg 14%
Total Carbs 20.05g 7%
Sugars 8.88g 36%
Dietary Fiber 0.45g 2%
Protein 27.5g 55%
Vitamin C 5.3mg 9%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Calcium 19.1mg 2%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 80.94 Kcal (339 kJ)
Calories from fat 13.79 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.53g 7%
Cholesterol 27.87mg 27%
Sodium 541.62mg 66%
Potassium 219.75mg 14%
Total Carbs 6.82g 7%
Sugars 3.02g 36%
Dietary Fiber 0.15g 2%
Protein 9.35g 55%
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Iron 1mg 17%
Calcium 6.5mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 5
  • 6

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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