Honey-Glazed Turkey Tips
How do I make my turkey golden brown?
The caramelization of the sugars in the honey glaze will naturally help make your turkey golden brown in this recipe. But you can also apply a layer of fat (olive oil, canola or vegetable oil, or softened butter) across the skin of the entire turkey prior to baking to roast it up golden and seal in moisture at the same time. While a golden bird is just one of the results you’re after, check out our full guide
to find even more tips on how to cook turkey to perfection.
Can I change the flavor of the glaze?
You can easily switch up the flavor of the turkey’s glaze to your tastes! Keep the salt and pepper as your base seasonings, then experiment with different spices and spice blends in place of the garlic powder, onion powder, and rosemary. Try swapping out molasses for the honey for a deeper, richer flavor, or go for a honey-citrus glaze
or an herb-glazed turkey
How do you thicken or thin the glaze?
One quick and easy way to either thicken or thin your glaze is to apply heat. If the glaze seems too thick, place it in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until it is of a thinner consistency that will be easier to brush onto your turkey. On the other hand, if your glaze is too thin, heat the mixture over low to medium heat until it gently bubbles and evaporates a bit, stirring constantly (so it does not burn) until the liquid has reduced a bit and reaches the desired thickness. Research contributed by Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant