Cook and Tell: Thanksgiving Turkey

30 Nov

I know that Thanksgiving passed. But since this was the first time I made a whole turkey entirely by myself, I am very excited to share it! The turkey turned out to be a success and will definitely be repeated next year.

The recipe is courtesy of Paula Deen.

Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Paula Deen
  • Turkey:
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves
  • 1 (15-pound) turkey
  • Stuffing, if desired
  • Glaze:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 (12-ounce bag) cranberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • House Seasoning:
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. In a small mixing bowl combine the butter, House Seasoning, parsley, shallots, and garlic. Thoroughly rinse and dry the turkey.
  4. Tuck the wings underneath the body and place the turkey in a roasting pan.
  5. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey.
  6. I stuffed the turkey with cooked rice and dried fruit.
  7. Roast for 18 minutes per pound (including stuffing weight, if using).
  8. The turkey is done when an instant-read thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (and deep into the stuffing) and registers 165 degrees F. and the juices run clear.
  9. Remove from the oven and loosely tent with foil.
  10. Let rest for 20 minutes before carving.
  11. Glaze:
  12. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  13. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low.
  14. Let simmer until the cranberries burst, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  15. Strain the mixture through a sieve and let cool.
  16. Reserve for turkey.

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    December 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

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  2. DimpleArts

    December 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Thank you! I did have a nice Thanksgiving, and lot’s of yummy leftovers. Hope yours was good as well.

  3. DimpleArts

    December 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Next year I would like to go to someone else’s house :) I enjoy hosting, but also like dressing up and going somewhere else and just enjoying the meal.

  4. Snippets of Thyme

    December 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Congratulations on making your first Turkey!! I have only cooked one or two…it seems like we are always at someone else’s house for Thanksgiving. Your ingredients sounds delicious for turkey.

  5. Kati @ Around the Plate

    December 1, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Your turkey looks delicious! Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?