Maple Orange-Glazed Turkey Roast

"This turkey roast blends light and dark meat -- but it's compact and carves easily into neat slices. Grill the meat to free up oven space for the turkey trimmings"
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  • In a small bowl combine garlic, marjoram, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  • For glaze, in a small saucepan stir together the orange juice and cornstarch; add half of the seasoning mixture.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
  • Cook and stir 1 minute more.
  • Stir in maple syrup and orange peel; set aside.
  • Brush the turkey roast with melted butter and rub with remaining seasoning mixture.
  • Insert a meat thermometer near the center of the roast.
  • For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan.
  • Test for medium heat above the pan.
  • Place the turkey roast directly on the grill rack over the pan.
  • Cover; grill until thermometer registers 165°F Add coals to maintain heat every 30 minutes.
  • Brush with glaze the last 30 minutes of grilling.
  • Remove meat from grill.
  • Cover with foil; let stand for 15 minutes before carving. (The meat's temperature will rise 5F during standing).
  • Bring any remaining glaze to boiling; pass with turkey. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Grill as above.).
  • OR, use the oven @325 degrees until thermometer reaches 165F (should be about 1 1/2 hrs). Follow glazing and standing directions above.

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  1. Excellent recipe. I adapted another recipe (eye round roast) to this. Here's how it goes. First mix the dry ingredient including garlic. Next rub the turkey breast on all sides with dry ingredients. Wrap the breast in plastic wrap and return to refrigerator to marinate overnight. Remove breast from refrigerator, unwrap and brush with melted butter. Mix the glaze as directed EXCEPT you must cut the dry ingredients including garlic in HALF (the original directions said to reserve 1/2 for glaze). Before roasting brush with melted butter (over dry rub). Cook for 30 minutes then baste. Continue basting every 15 minutes until internal temperature reaches 165* Follow directions on standing times. Mean while re heat leftover glaze slightly in microwave (20 seconds). Serve. This is the most tender, tasty turkey you will ever have!
  2. Very flavorful! I made 1 large breast for the three of us. Also, I was out of OJ so I subbed it with red grapefruit juice and used dried orange zest. I used the oven method and it came out tender, delicious, and lots of flavor! I plan on making this recipe again, and using our electric deli slicer (for ultra thin slices) to make sandwiches! YUM! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)
  3. It was only my husband and myself for Thanksgiving this year. No need to make a huge Turkey so I found something called Rolled Roast Turkey Thigh (dark meat turkey rolled to form something that looks like roast beef) - just 3 pds. Didn't know how to prepare it until I found this receipe. I used the oven at 325 as suggested at the end - THIS WAS DELICIOUS!! Compliments to the chef who shared the recipe.



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