Honey Glazed Roasted Turkey

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.

Ingredients:

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
2 lemons 
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.

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