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Asian Spiced Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing

Makes

19-20 servings

I have my mother and our Chinese heritage to thank for this moist and savory turkey. The vanilla, aniseed and apple juice make the basting sauce unique. —K. Fung, Stoneham, Massachusetts
Asian Spiced Turkey Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 celery ribs
  • 1 to 2 green onions
  • 1 turkey (16 to 20 pounds)
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon aniseed, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves

Directions

  1. Place celery and onions inside the turkey cavity. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup water, soy sauce, sugar, apple juice, vanilla and seasonings; mix well. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan; pour remaining water into the pan. Pour 1/4 cup soy sauce mixture into the cavity and another 1/4 cup over turkey; set remaining sauce aside. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with remaining sauce. When turkey begins to brown, cover lightly with foil. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 328 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 137mg cholesterol, 866mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 55g protein.

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