Cider-Brined Turkey with Maple-Cider Glaze (Rachael Ray) Recipe

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Cider-Brined Turkey with Maple-Cider Glaze (Rachael Ray)
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  1. For the turkey brine: Heat the apple cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, garlic, bay leaves, oranges, shallots, parsley, sage and thyme in a saucepot to dissolve the sugar and salt. Then let the mixture cool completely.
  2. Divide the turkey pieces between two 2 1/2-gallon resealable plastic bags or containers big enough to hold them. Add equal parts of the brine to the two bags. Let rest for several hours in the fridge, preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  4. Remove the turkey from the brine and pat dry. Rub the skin with oil and sprinkle with pepper. Set the turkey on a metal rack placed over a rimmed baking sheet and cook about 15 minutes per pound, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers about 165 degrees F. The temperature will go up 5 to 10 degrees as it rests.
  5. For the glaze: Place a small saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the apple cider, turkey stock, maple syrup, butter, peppercorns and orange rind. Bring the mixture to a light simmer and reduce by half. Baste the turkey every now and then during the last half of the cooking time.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2875.24 Kcal (12038 kJ)
Calories from fat 787.76 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 87.53g 135%
Cholesterol 761.38mg 254%
Sodium 18771.07mg 782%
Potassium 8175.76mg 174%
Total Carbs 132.23g 44%
Sugars 82.43g 330%
Dietary Fiber 2.44g 10%
Protein 345.75g 691%
Vitamin C 31.5mg 53%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 5%
Iron 56.8mg 315%
Calcium 287.4mg 29%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 25.58 Kcal (107 kJ)
Calories from fat 7.01 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.78g 135%
Cholesterol 6.77mg 254%
Sodium 166.97mg 782%
Potassium 72.73mg 174%
Total Carbs 1.18g 44%
Sugars 0.73g 330%
Dietary Fiber 0.02g 10%
Protein 3.08g 691%
Vitamin C 0.3mg 53%
Iron 0.5mg 315%
Calcium 2.6mg 29%

* 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

  • 64.3
  • 68

Good Points

  • low calorie,
  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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