Sage Roasted Turkey

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Sage Roasted Turkey

Sage Roasted Turkey


  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12- to 14- pound fresh or frozen turkey thawed if frozen
  • 1 seedless orange
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/3 cup apple jelly
  • 1/3 cup apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
  • Red and green seedless grapes
  • Cider Pan Gravy


  • Heat oven to 425 degrees F. In small saucepan over medium heat, stir apple cider, jelly, and margarine until jelly and margarine are melted and mixture is blended and smooth. Remove from heat. Grate peel from orange; set aside. Cut orange in half, squeezing juice from one half into mixture. Slice remaining half; set aside. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; set aside for other use. Rinse turkey under cold running water; drain well; pat thoroughly dry with paper towels. Rub turkey all over with reserved orange peel; sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper. Gently loosen skin over entire turkey breast by inserting fingertips between skin and flesh. Arrange as many sage leaves as desired over flesh; pat skin back into place. Stuff neck and body cavities of turkey loosely with apple wedges, reserved orange slices, and remaining sage leaves, reserving a few for garnish; close both cavities with skewers. Tie legs together; tuck wings under body. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan; brush all over with reserved cider mixture. Roast 15 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Roast 4 to 4 1/4 hours longer until breast skin is crisp and golden and juices run clear when thigh is pricked with fork, or until meat thermometer registers 180 degrees F.; baste bird every 20 minutes, first with remaining cider mixture, then with pan drippings. If turkey seems to be browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil. Remove turkey to platter, reserving drippings in pan for Cider Pan Gravy. Let turkey rest, covered lightly with foil, 20 minutes while you prepare gravy. Remove skewers and string from turkey to carve; serve turkey garnished with reserved sage leaves and grapes, and accompanied by gravy and cranberry sauce.

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