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Turkey with Orange-Honey Glaze Recipe

Turkey with Orange-Honey Glaze Recipe

A tangy, fresh-tasting glaze over a golden roasted turkey makes for a memorable holiday main dish. We savor the juicy slices topped with the rich gravy. -Zita Wilensky, North Miami, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 6 hours + standing YIELD:16-18 servings


  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch dried thyme
  • 1 turkey (18 to 20 pounds)
  • 1 small orange, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
  • Pinch ground cinnamon


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the sage, salt, pepper and thyme; mix well. Rub 2 teaspoons inside the turkey; set remainder aside. Place orange inside turkey. Skewer openings and tie drumsticks together. Place on a rack in a roasting pan. Combine remaining sage mixture with butter; brush over turkey. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 5-1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting every 30 minutes. When the turkey begins to brown, cover lightly with foil.
  • 2. In a saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Brush over turkey. Continue to bake, uncovered, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer or until thermometer reads 185°, brushing with the glaze occasionally. Remove from the oven; cover and let stand 20 minutes before carving. Thicken pan juices for gravy if desired. Yield: 16-18 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 572 calories, 27g fat (9g saturated fat), 252mg cholesterol, 464mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 72g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"Because of the sugars in the basting sauce, the turkey comes out quite brown, but what a moist, moist turkey. Mt family raved about this being the best, most moist turkey they have ever eaten!"

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"I made this a few years ago and my family and friends ask for it every year for Thankgiving and Christmas. If you stuff the turkey it gives the stuffing and gravy a WONDERFUL taste. I would highly recommend this."

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