Epic Apple-glazed Rosemary Turkey

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Roast turkey is America's culinary super-star on Thanksgiving Day.  This year, I aspired to create something unique and unconventional for the occasion.

Allow me to present (my "epic" brainchild ;-) Apple-glazed Rosemary Turkey.... a magnificent, mouthwatering (and easy!) departure from tradition. 

Subtle and savory apple-rosemary flavors are mega-infused 4 different ways to create a Turkey masterpiece bursting with juicy succulence... without the hassle (my opinion ;-) of overnight brining. 

P.S. If you covet mouthfuls of golden turkey skin, I strongly recommend you attend the carving ceremony.  This prized delicacy will disappear faster than an apple pie from a window sill!  I'm confident you'll be thankful for the suggestion. ;-)

Let's get started...

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools:

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  • 1 whole Turkey- (Large fatty deposits, giblets and neck removed) Rinsed and patted dry 
  • 4 cups (1 quart) apple juice or apple cider
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 6 Granny Smith or any variety baking apples (see list below)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons dried Rosemary
  • 1-2 Tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1+ teaspoons salt
  • Potato peeler
  • Apple corer or a small sharp knife
  • Marinade Injector- $5 at Walmart
  • Sauce pan
  • Medium bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Pastry brush
  • Roasting pan- preferably with a rack
  • Aluminum foil
Baking Apple Choices: 
  • Granny Smith
  • Jonathons
  • Jonagolds
  • Rome Beauty
  • Honeycrisp
  • Melrose
  • Braeburn
  • Winesap
  • Golden Delicious
  • Cortland
  • Gala
bajablue (author) 2 years ago
Here's the Apple Tarragon Chicken... delicious!!!!!
kangel12 years ago
Some practice time with chicken breasts can make turkey-day a lot less nerve-wracking, if you are a first timer.
bajablue (author)  kangel12 years ago
Good advice! Thanks for commenting.
kangel12 years ago
use raw sugar instead of white for a more caramel/molasses taste. Plus, it's healthier than using bleached (which is how sugar gets white).
sunshiine2 years ago
Congrats on the win! This is simply gorgeous! Maybe my son will help me make this for Christmas! I am drooling!
bajablue (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks girl!!! I'm so excited to win this fabulous cookware!!!

This recipe is really so easy, I don't think you'll need help.   I'm making it again for Christmas, but I'll spatchcock the bird instead of roasting it traditionally.  

I cannot get a decent roasting hen down here in Baja, but when I get back to the States I'm going to try this recipe with a chicken. It should be equally delish! 

Have a great night!
I came over to look at some of your recipes. My son is coming here very soon! I might try this with the chicken. He will only be here a day so I am not sure how things will work out. I have been wanting to post some Italian recipes but they are pretty intense and all of my good cookbooks are packed up and I can't find them grr! I can't wait until the work is done! I hope your day shines!
bajablue (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
You can't go wrong with the Apple Tarragon Chicken, sunshiine. Did you see the photo in the reply section above? I actually did manage to find a decent roasting hen here... and it was delicious!

Hope the construction is progressing well!  Looks like you'll need to find your Recipe books with the upcoming Italian Food contest.;-P~ I'm looking forward to seeing your entries!
Is there an Italian foods contest? I did not see anything.
I did not see that but took a peek and it looks so good! I thought my son was coming this weekend but he had to work so he will be here in about 2 weeks. I will try and make this when he is here. Thanks for the heads up, I did not notice any new contest. I will take a peek! I hope I find my cookbook! It is full of good yummies! My son would probably rather have lasagna, come to think of it I might do that when he comes and make the chicken for us! You never know what I might decide. I know you will cook up something! I assume your back!
onrust2 years ago
That looks AWESOME. Its almost a shame to eat it.
bajablue (author)  onrust2 years ago
Thank you, onrust.  It was almost a shame... but a very tasty shame. ;-)
ehudwill2 years ago
These flavors! This sounds delicious.
bajablue (author)  ehudwill2 years ago
It really is... and thank you for commenting! ;-)
artfulann2 years ago
Looks luscious,and also suddenly I'm getting sleepy...must be the tryptophan
bajablue (author)  artfulann2 years ago
hahaha artfulann... as a kid, I always thought the post-turkey nap was a great way of avoiding kitchen cleanup. I wished that trick worked now! ;-D

Thanks for commenting!
Creativeman2 years ago
I'm speechless and amazed!
bajablue (author)  Creativeman2 years ago
I'm pretty sure that's a good thing, Creativeman. Thank you! ;-)
MaryT8M2 years ago
As always you've presented a BEAUTIFUL and yummy looking Instructable! We're having our second "Thanksgiving" this Friday (Nov 30) I had planned on brining the turkey "as usual" but this just may have swayed my thinking!
bajablue (author)  MaryT8M2 years ago
Hiya MaryT! I hope you do decide to try this. I'm sure you'll be impressed! ;-P~

Thanks for your vote of confidence and wonderful comments!
gosphero2 years ago
Wish I would have seen this Instructable before Thanksgiving. Looks like I'll just have to make another feast...
bajablue (author)  gosphero2 years ago
If I can get my hands on another Turkey before Christmas, I'll be making it, too. ;-)

Thank you for commenting, gospero!
onlinebeat2 years ago
bajablue (author)  onlinebeat2 years ago
Thanks so much!