Apple and Honey Flavored Roasted Turkey

READY IN: 27hrs
SERVES: 10-12




  • Place the turkey as wrapped in the refrigerator for a day or two to defreeze.
  • Unwrapped the turkey and place outside in a big pot; cover it with cold water, change the water every 30 minutes (it will take at least six hours to thaw);.
  • Stick your hand in the cavity and remove any organs, or "things" you may find inside of the turkey cavity and trim excess fat.
  • Under cold water, rub the turkey gently with your fingers to make sure it is clean.
  • When the Turkey is clean, soak it with two squeezed lemon juice for 30 minutes and rinse the turkey, and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Place the turkey, breast side up on roasting pan with rack.
  • Into main cavity, sprinkle squeezed fresh lemon juice; add lemon peels and 1 bunch fresh thyme cavity. Fill the turkey body (main) cavity with apple slices.
  • Tuck wings; tie legs together.
  • Mix the paprika, garlic, black pepper and salt.
  • Rub the skin and the cavity with the softened butter or oil, and season well with the mixed spices.
  • Combine the apple juice, honey and the chicken or vegetable stock; stir until honey dissolves.
  • Pour 3 cups of the mixed stock into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  • Cover the turkey with an aluminum foil making it like a tent.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place turkey in oven and start roasting; remove aluminum foil after 2 ½ hours.
  • Cover the turkey generously with the juices on the bottom of the pan; repeat glazing every 20 minutes. Whenever the drippings evaporate, add stock to moisten them, about 1 cup at a time.
  • Roast until turkey is deep brown and thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180°F, it will take 2 ½ to 3 hours.
  • Transfer the turkey to a large cutting board; remove the stuffing (the Apple slices, lemon peels and thyme) and let it stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Serve it warm.