Roast Turkey with Fresh Thyme Rub and Maple Glaze

Maple syrup adds sweetness to roast turkey infused with savory fresh thyme.

  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 4 hr 35 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 12

Ingredients

1
whole turkey (12 lb), thawed if frozen
3
tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ground allspice
1/2
teaspoon pepper
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
2
tablespoons real maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
Fresh thyme sprigs, apricot slices and Rainier cherries, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Fasten neck skin to back of turkey with skewer. Fold wings across back of turkey so tips are touching. On rack in shallow roasting pan, place turkey, breast side up.
  • 2 In small bowl, mix thyme, salt, allspice, pepper and oil. Rub thyme mixture over turkey. Tuck legs under band of skin at tail (if present), or tie together with heavy string. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer into turkey so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone.
  • 3 Roast uncovered 1 hour. When turkey begins to turn golden brown, place tent of heavy-duty foil over turkey. Roast 2 hours 30 minutes longer.
  • 4 In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter on High 45 seconds or until melted. Stir in maple syrup.
  • 5 Cut band of skin or remove tie holding legs to allow inside of thighs to cook through. Brush turkey with butter-syrup mixture; roast uncovered 20 to 30 minutes longer, brushing with butter-syrup mixture again after 10 minutes.
  • 6 Turkey is done when thermometer reads 180°F and legs move easily when lifted or twisted. Place turkey on warm platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Let stand 15 minutes for easiest carving. Garnish with thyme sprigs, apricot slices and cherries.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    430
    (
    Calories from Fat
    240),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    26g
    26%
    (Saturated Fat
    8g,
    8%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    150mg
    150%;
    Sodium
    340mg
    340%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    3g
    3%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    2g
    2%
    ),
    Protein
    45g
    45%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    8%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    4%;
    Iron
    15%;
    Exchanges:
    0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 6 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    0
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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