November 14, 2012
Roasted turkey with pomegranate-thyme glaze
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 3 to 3 3/4 hours
Servings: 10 to 12, with leftovers
12 to 14 pound turkey, thawed, giblets, neck removed
4 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
1 small bunch thyme sprigs, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 onion, quartered
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 large shallots, finely chopped
3 cups pomegranate juice
1/2 cup sugar
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Season turkey cavity with 3 teaspoons salt and the pepper; fill with thyme sprigs and onion. Loosen skin from breast by pushing fingers gently between skin and meat. Combine 4 teaspoons chopped thyme and the garlic, mixing well. Rub mixture under loosened skin. Turn wing tips under; truss legs with kitchen string. Place turkey on rack in roasting pan. Roast turkey, about 2 1/2 hours; loosely cover with foil if skin browns too quickly.
2. Meanwhile, prepare glaze. Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons chopped thyme, shallots and remaining 1 teaspoon salt; saute 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add juice and sugar; heat to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until syrupy and reduced to about 1 cup, 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Set half of the glaze aside to serve with roasted bird.
3. Use remaining glaze to lightly baste turkey several times during the last half hour of roasting. Continue roasting turkey until an oven-safe or instant-read thermometer inserted deep in the thigh reads 165 degrees, another 30-45 minutes. Remove turkey from oven; let rest 15-20 minutes before carving. Serve with reserved glaze.
Per serving: 463 calories, 14 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 257 mg cholesterol, 10 g carbohydrates, 70 g protein, 726 mg sodium, 0 g fiber.
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