A sweet and savory glaze enhances the flavor of roast turkey and helps the skin to brown and crisp beautifully. Pre-prepare the turkey to your desired liking. We recommend brining overnight for added tenderness and juiciness in the end result.
1 turkey, 12 to 16 lb. (6 to 8 kg), neck and giblets removed, reserved if desired & pre-brined
1 c Wildflower Honey
6 T unsalted butter + 4 T unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, chopped + 1 whole clove
3 t rosemary, chopped + sprigs
3 tsp. sage, chopped + sprigs
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Procedure:1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
2. Combine the chopped rosemary, sage, garlic cloves, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place 1 halved lemon and whole sprigs inside the turkey.
3. Truss the turkey with kitchen twine. Spread the butter over the turkey breast and under the skin, then rub the garlic & herb mixture under the skin. Transfer to the oven.
4. Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey and remaining butter and heat, stirring occasionally, until melted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 sprigs of herbs, juice of one lemon and whole garlic and season with salt and pepper.
5. After 1 hour of roasting, begin brushing the turkey with the glaze. Continue roasting, brushing with glaze every 20 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast, away from the bone, registers 165°F.