Roast Turkey with Fresh Thyme Rub and Maple Glaze

Roast Turkey with Fresh Thyme Rub and Maple Glaze

Maple syrup adds sweetness to roast turkey infused with savory fresh thyme.

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whole turkey (12 lb), thawed if frozen
tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground allspice
teaspoon pepper
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
tablespoons butter or margarine
tablespoons real maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
Fresh thyme sprigs, apricot slices and Rainier cherries, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Fasten neck skin to back of turkey with skewer. Fold wings across back of turkey so tips are touching. On rack in shallow roasting pan, place turkey, breast side up.
  2. In small bowl, mix thyme, salt, allspice, pepper and oil. Rub thyme mixture over turkey. Tuck legs under band of skin at tail (if present), or tie together with heavy string. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer into turkey so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone.
  3. Roast uncovered 1 hour. When turkey begins to turn golden brown, place tent of heavy-duty foil over turkey. Roast 2 hours 30 minutes longer.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter on High 45 seconds or until melted. Stir in maple syrup.
  5. Cut band of skin or remove tie holding legs to allow inside of thighs to cook through. Brush turkey with butter-syrup mixture; roast uncovered 20 to 30 minutes longer, brushing with butter-syrup mixture again after 10 minutes.
  6. Turkey is done when thermometer reads 165°F and drumsticks move easily when lifted or twisted. Place turkey on warm platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Let stand 15 minutes for easiest carving. Garnish with thyme sprigs, apricot slices and cherries.
Makes 12 servings
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Did You Know?
Real maple syrup is more expensive because it takes 20 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of syrup! Less costly maple-flavored syrup is a blend of less- expensive syrup and pure maple syrup or flavoring.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 430
    • (Calories from Fat 240),
  • Total Fat 26g
    • (Saturated Fat 8g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 150mg;
  • Sodium 340mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 3g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 2g),
  • Protein 45g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 6 1/2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 0;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.