Apple Sage Roast Turkey|
This is a typical sage roasted turkey with a little bit of an extra punch from the generous amount of apple flavor in the turkey and gravy. The skin is crispy and burnishes to a rich golden color that makes a beautiful complement to a garnish of apples and sage leaves. If you would like to brine this turkey, our apple cider brine is excellent to use - just add 1 cup of fresh sage leaves to the brine for extra sage flavor.
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider
1/3 cup apple jelly
1/4 cup of butter
1 12-14 pound fresh or thawed frozen turkey
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh sage
4 large apples, cored, and cut into wedges
1 large onion, peeled and cut into wedges
Apple slices for garnish
In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir 1/3 cup apple cider, jelly, and butter until the mixture is melted and smooth. Remove from the heat. Rub the turkey inside and out with the 2 tablespoons apple cider and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gently loosen the skin over the entire turkey breast by inserting fingertips between the skin and flesh. Slide as many sage leaves as you want under the skin and place the skin back in place. Stuff the neck and body cavities of the turkey loosely with the apple wedges, onions, and some more sage leaves, making sure to reserve some sage leaves for garnishing. Close both cavities with skewers. Truss the turkey and brush with cider mixture. Roast according to your favorite roasting method, basting occasionally with the apple cider mixture. Serve the turkey garnished with reserved sage leaves and additional apple slices.