Turkey à la Orange


1 (10- to 12-pound) Best Choice turkey
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Best Choice salt
1 tablespoon Best Choice ground black pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon Best Choice garlic powder
2 medium oranges, each cut in half
3 tablespoons Best Choice unsalted butter, softened
3 cans (14 ounces each) less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup cognac
1 cup Best Choice frozen concentrated orange juice
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup Best Choice corn starch

Prep: 45 minutes
Roast/Cook: 4 hours – Serves: 10


1. Preheat oven to 450°. Remove neck, giblets and liver from turkey. Place neck and giblets in large roasting pan; discard liver. Tuck wing tips under turkey to hold in place.

2. In small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1 tablespoon thyme and garlic powder. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons seasoning mixture inside turkey cavity. Squeeze juice from oranges inside turkey cavity; place orange halves inside turkey cavity. Rub turkey skin with butter; sprinkle remaining seasoning mixture over butter. Place turkey in roasting pan on top of neck and giblets.

3. Roast turkey 30 minutes or until outside is browned. Reduce heat to 225 degrees. Roast 3 hours longer or until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh reads 165 degrees, rotating turkey halfway through roasting time. Transfer turkey from roasting pan to cutting board and let stand 20 minutes before carving.

4. While turkey stands, skim fat from roasting pan. Place roasting pan with drippings over medium heat. Add broth and cognac, and heat to simmering. Cook 15 minutes. Strain sauce through fine-mesh strainer and return sauce to roasting pan. Heat sauce to simmering and stir in orange juice concentrate and remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon rosemary and 1 tablespoon thyme. In small bowl, whisk together water and corn starch; whisk into sauce, heat to boiling and boil 1 minute. Remove roasting pan from heat. Remove and discard oranges from turkey cavity. Slice turkey and serve with sauce.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 812 Calories, 39g Fat (13g Saturated), 340mg Cholesterol, 1933mg Sodium, 15g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 93g Protein

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