Golden Roasted Turkey Recipe
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Golden Roasted Turkey Recipe

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Your holiday turkey will never turn out dry again if you reach for this recipe. Brining overnight and stuffing with apples results in moist, tender meat.—Michael Williams, Moreno Valley, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + marinating Bake: 2-3/4 hours + standing
MAKES:14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + marinating Bake: 2-3/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 4 cartons (32 ounces each) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons whole allspice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 4 quarts cold water
  • 2 turkey-size oven roasting bags
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium apple, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

10 ounces cooked turkey equals 538 calories, 25 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 245 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, trace carbohydrate, trace fiber, 72 g protein.


  1. In a stockpot, combine the first six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir until salt and brown sugar are dissolved. Remove from the heat. Add the cold water to cool the brine to room temperature.
  2. Place a turkey-size oven roasting bag inside a second roasting bag; add turkey. Carefully pour cooled brine into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible; seal bags and turn to coat. Place in a roasting pan. Refrigerate for 18-24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the water, apple, onion and cinnamon. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until apples are tender; drain water.
  4. Drain and discard brine. Rinse turkey under cold water; pat dry. Place cooked apple mixture, rosemary and sage in turkey cavity. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together.
  5. Place turkey breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Rub with oil and pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Cover and let stand for 15 minutes before carving; discard apple mixture and herbs. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Golden Roasted Turkey in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2010, p29

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"5 star recipe... My family loves it love the moisture"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"I used this recipe last year and it was perfect. The turkey was moist and juicy. I never used the brine method before and it seems to be the key step."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"If you wait till temp reaches 180 degrees and then let rest, covered for 15min (temp now has reached 185 degrees) you are assured to have another dried out turkey. The rest of the recipe is now rendered useless. Roast bird @ 325 degrees after brining 12 hrs till internal temp reaches 165 degrees. Remove bird to large ice chest, placing bird in a clean pan and cover w/ bath towels for 15 to 30 min. The FDA changed the cooking temp reccomendation in 2006 and many cookbooks have the old 180 degree temp. If you have a Butterball, kosher or any other self basting turkey, DO NOT BRINE. It will be too salty."

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