Roasted Beer-Brined Turkey with Onion Gravy and Bacon Recipe

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Roasted Beer-Brined Turkey with Onion Gravy and Bacon
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  1. In a very large pot, combine the mustard seeds, peppercorns and bay leaves and toast over moderate heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and salt and remove from the heat. Add 4 cups of water and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved; let cool completely.
  2. Add the onions, bacon, Guinness and 16 cups of cold water to the pot. Add the turkey to the brine, breast side down, and top with a heavy lid to keep it submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350° and position a rack on the bottom shelf. Lift the turkey from the brine, pick off any peppercorns, mustard seeds and bay leaves and pat dry. Transfer the turkey to a large roasting pan, breast side up. Scatter the onion wedges in the pan and add 1 cup of water. Using toothpicks, secure the bacon slices over the breast. Roast the turkey for about 2 hours, turning the pan occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted deep into the turkey thighs registers 150°. Remove the bacon and return the turkey to the oven. Roast for about 1 hour longer, until the breast is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in a thigh registers 170°. Transfer the turkey to a carving board.
  4. Pour the pan juices and onion wedges into a saucepan and boil until reduced to 3 cups, about 5 minutes. Add the turkey stock and return to a boil. In a small bowl, mash the butter to a paste with the flour. Whisk the paste into the gravy and boil until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cut the bacon crosswise 1/2 inch thick. In a large skillet, fry the bacon over high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 3 minutes.
  6. Carve the turkey and serve with the gravy and bacon.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1462.39 Kcal (6123 kJ)
Calories from fat 459.29 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51.03g 79%
Cholesterol 426.42mg 142%
Sodium 12095.6mg 504%
Potassium 3524.64mg 75%
Total Carbs 41.15g 14%
Sugars 18.71g 75%
Dietary Fiber 0.66g 3%
Protein 189.93g 380%
Vitamin C 1.5mg 2%
Iron 25.4mg 141%
Calcium 84.9mg 8%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 26.79 Kcal (112 kJ)
Calories from fat 8.41 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.93g 79%
Cholesterol 7.81mg 142%
Sodium 221.55mg 504%
Potassium 64.56mg 75%
Total Carbs 0.75g 14%
Sugars 0.34g 75%
Dietary Fiber 0.01g 3%
Protein 3.48g 380%
Iron 0.5mg 141%
Calcium 1.6mg 8%

* 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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Weightwatchers Points

  • 33.4
  • 35

Good Points

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

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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