Cranberry Honey Turkey is a mouthwatering dish that combines the flavors of succulent roasted or glazed turkey with a sweet and tangy cranberry and honey sauce. This dish is perfect for holiday feasts, special occasions, or whenever you want to savor a delicious and festive meal. Here's how to make Cranberry Honey Turkey:
For the Turkey:
1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds)
Salt and black pepper for seasoning
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme (or your choice of herbs)
Prepare the turkey by removing the giblets and neck from the cavity, and rinse it inside and out. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
Season the inside of the turkey with salt and pepper, and stuff it with the minced garlic and fresh herbs.
In a separate bowl, mix together the softened butter and honey. This will be used to coat the turkey.
Carefully lift the skin of the turkey and spread the honey and butter mixture under the skin, directly onto the turkey meat. Make sure to spread it evenly.
Place the turkey in a roasting pan, breast side up. Tie the turkey legs together with kitchen twine, and tuck the wing tips under the bird to prevent them from burning.
Roast the turkey in the preheated oven for the appropriate amount of time based on the turkey's weight. A general guideline is to roast the turkey for 15 minutes per pound, but it's important to use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the thickest part of the turkey's thigh reaches 165°F (74°C).
While the turkey is roasting, prepare the cranberry honey sauce. In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, honey, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens (about 10-15 minutes).
Once the turkey is done roasting, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 20-30 minutes before carving.
Serve the Cranberry Honey Turkey with the cranberry honey sauce on the side or drizzled over the slices.
This Cranberry Honey Turkey is a perfect blend of sweet and savory, making it a delectable centerpiece for any special occasion meal. The cranberry honey sauce adds a burst of flavor and a touch of elegance to the dish. Enjoy!