Beer-Brined Turkey with Giblet Gravy Recipe

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Beer-Brined Turkey with Giblet Gravy
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  1. In a large kettle, combine the first eight ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until salt and brown sugar are dissolved. Remove from the heat. Add cold beer and water to cool the marinade to room temperature.
  2. Remove giblets from turkey; cover and refrigerate for gravy. Place a turkey-size oven roasting bag inside a second roasting bag; add turkey. Carefully pour cooled marinade into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible; seal bags and turn to coat. Place in a roasting pan. Refrigerate for 18-24 hours, turning several times.
  3. Drain and discard brine. Rinse turkey under cold water; pat dry. Place the onion, carrots, celery and garlic in both cavities. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. In a small bowl, combine the broth, butter and chicken seasoning.
  4. Place turkey breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with broth mixture. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Cover and let stand for 15 minutes before carving; discard vegetables or save for another use.
  5. For gravy, add 1 cup broth to the pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Skim and discard fat, reserving 1-1/2 cups pan drippings; pour into a small saucepan.
  6. Chop giblets. In a large saucepan, cook giblets in oil and butter until browned. Add 1-1/4 cup pan drippings; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Combine flour and remaining drippings until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  7. Add the wine, sage and remaining chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Serve with turkey. Yield: 14-16 servings.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 952.02 Kcal (3986 kJ)
Calories from fat 372.65 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41.41g 64%
Cholesterol 396.75mg 132%
Sodium 3572.17mg 149%
Potassium 1490.66mg 32%
Total Carbs 26.89g 9%
Sugars 16.42g 66%
Dietary Fiber 0.86g 3%
Protein 116.78g 234%
Vitamin C 3.7mg 6%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 6%
Iron 5.4mg 30%
Calcium 107.2mg 11%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 104.25 Kcal (436 kJ)
Calories from fat 40.81 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.53g 64%
Cholesterol 43.45mg 132%
Sodium 391.18mg 149%
Potassium 163.24mg 32%
Total Carbs 2.94g 9%
Sugars 1.8g 66%
Dietary Fiber 0.09g 3%
Protein 12.79g 234%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 6%
Iron 0.6mg 30%
Calcium 11.7mg 11%

* 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

  • 22.3
  • 24

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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