Apple Roast Turkey With Apple Scented Gravy

Total Time
Prep 8 hrs
Cook 3 hrs

This is based on a recipe from Pampered Chef that used just the Turkey Breast. I tailored it for our Thanksgiving whole turkey and the result was a beautiful, delicious, and moist bird that my mother-in-law raved about. The apples inside really keep it moist and add flavor. I've inherited the responsibility for making the turkey every year now!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thaw and rinse frozen turkey, removing the giblets and neck from the cavities.
  2. Combine all brine ingredients and soak turkey overnight in a large cooler 8-12 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  4. Rinse turkey after brining.
  5. Put 2 apples worth of quartered pieces in bottom of roast pan and stuff remaining apples in the turkey's cavities.
  6. Set turkey on apples in roast pan.
  7. Rub palm full of olive oil on turkey.
  8. Combine spices and rub onto turkey's skin Cook turkey according to size until internal temp is 180°F.
  9. Prepare Gravy by first straining pan drippings.
  10. Place 2 or 3 Tbsp of drippings in saucepan and heat on low.
  11. Add butter and melt.
  12. Add sage.
  13. Stir in Wondra flour a little at a time stirring with a whisk.
  14. Continue adding drippings until desired amount is achieved.
  15. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook 1 minute.