Cider-Basted Turkey With Roasted Apple Gravy

Recipe by lazyme
READY IN: 5hrs 45mins




  • For turkey:
  • Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 325°F
  • Combine first 5 ingredients in small saucepan.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; bring liquid to boil.
  • Set liquid aside.
  • Mix 2 quartered apples, onion, thyme, sage leaves and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in large bowl.
  • Rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry.
  • Sprinkle main cavity with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon apple mixture into main cavity.
  • Tuck wing tips under turkey; tie legs together loosely.
  • Place turkey in large roasting pan.
  • Rub turkey breast and legs with butter.
  • Pour half of basting liquid over turkey.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast turkey 30 minutes.
  • Pour remaining basting liquid over turkey.
  • Roast 2 hours, basting frequently with pan juices and adding 1 cup (or more) water to pan if juices have evaporated.
  • Add all apple slices to pan juices around turkey.
  • Cover turkey loosely with foil to keep from browning too quickly.
  • Continue to roast until apples are tender, turkey is deep brown and thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175°F, basting frequently with pan juices, about 1 hour 30 minutes longer.
  • Transfer turkey to platter.
  • Tent loosely with foil; let stand 30 minutes (internal temperature of turkey will increase 5 to 10 degrees).
  • For gravy:
  • Using slotted spoon, transfer apples from pan juices to bowl.
  • Pour pan juices into 4-cup measuring cup.
  • Spoon off fat and discard.
  • Add enough chicken broth to pan juices to measure 4 cups.
  • Transfer broth mixture to large saucepan; simmer 5 minutes.
  • Add reserved apples; simmer 2 minutes.
  • Mix apple cider and cornstarch in small bowl.
  • Whisk into gravy.
  • Boil until gravy thickens, about 2 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Discard mixture from turkey cavity.
  • Serve turkey with gravy.