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Special Roast Turkey Recipe

Special Roast Turkey Recipe

Before putting my turkey in the oven, I pour on a savory sauce that adds a pleasant citrus-soy flavor and helps hold the other seasonings I like to sprinkle on. It's easy to roast the giblets in the same pan and later add them to the gravy. -Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice, divided
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1. Place turkey on a greased rack in a roasting pan. Add water, giblets and neck to pan. Combine 1-1/4 cups broth, 3/4 cup orange juice and 2 tablespoons soy sauce; pour over turkey. Combine bouillon, onion and garlic powder; sprinkle over turkey. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/2 hours, basting every 30 minutes. When turkey begins to brown, cover lightly with foil. Remove giblets and neck when tender; set aside for gravy. Combine remaining broth, orange juice and soy sauce. Remove foil from turkey; pour broth mixture over turkey. Bake 30 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 180°.
  • 2. For gravy, remove meat from neck and discard the bones. Chop giblets and neck meat; set aside. In a saucepan, combine 2 cups pan juices, broth, orange juice and Worcestershire sauce; mix well. Stir in thyme, sugar and pepper. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Whisk into broth mixture; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in reserved giblets and neck meat. Carve turkey; serve with gravy. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 846 calories, 37g fat (11g saturated fat), 368mg cholesterol, 1426mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 110g protein.

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 224324
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"Very tasty! The gravy was wonderful!"

TheDix User ID: 607421 55249
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"This is the second Thanksgiving I've prepared this turkey. It is delicious! I love the gravy, very savory. All my family loves this turkey."

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