Apple-Sage Roasted Turkey Recipe
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Apple-Sage Roasted Turkey Recipe

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Apple flavor gives this classic recipe a new spin that will appeal to even your pickiest eaters. The lovely aroma as this moist and beautiful turkey cooked in the kitchen had everyone talking. —Suzy Horvath, Milwaukie, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1/2 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider or juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 large apples, cut into wedges
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 8 fresh sage leaves

Nutritional Facts

8 ounces cooked turkey equals 506 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 191 mg cholesterol, 466 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 66 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a small saucepan, combine apple cider, jelly and butter. Cook and stir until butter is melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine minced sage and butter. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; rub butter mixture under the skin. Brush turkey with apple cider. Sprinkle salt and pepper over turkey and inside cavity.
  3. Place apples, onion and sage leaves inside the cavity. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with cider mixture. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. Cover and let stand 20 minutes before slicing.
    Freeze option: Place sliced turkey in freezer containers; top with any cooking juices. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little broth or water if necessary.
    Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Apple-Sage Roasted Turkey in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p49

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"This recipe is a keeper. So moist and flavorful. This is how I will make my turkeys from now on."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"I looved it! you can't go wrong with this recipe and we are not big fans of turkey"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"My family said this was the best turkey I ever made! Very moist."

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