Roasted Brined Turkey with Cider Gravy

Brine a turkey breast to add flavor and moistness. Pick up some local apple cider to make a flavorful gravy to serve with the turkey.

Serves: 10
20 mins Prep time 2 hrs 30 mins Cook time
20 mins Prep time
2 hrs 30 mins Cook time
  • For the Brined Turkey, mix water, apple cider, salt, sugar and bay leaves in 6-quart container or tall stockpot. Stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Place turkey breast in brine. if necessary, place a plate on top of turkey to keep it submerged. Refrigerate 12 to 24 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove turkey from brine. Discard remaining brine. Rinse turkey under cool running water. Pat dry. Place turkey on rack in foil-lined roasting pan.

  • Mix butter, thyme, rosemary and sage in small bowl until well blended. Rub 1/2 of the mixture under skin of turkey. Rub remaining mixture over entire surface of turkey. Cover loosely with foil.

  • Roast 1 hour. Remove foil. Roast 1 to 1 1/2 hours longer or until internal temperature reaches 165°F, basting occasionally with pan juices. Remove turkey from oven. Cover loosely with foil. Let stand 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, for the Cider Gravy, melt butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Add flour and seasonings; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Gradually whisk in stock and cider. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. Serve turkey with gravy.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 462Calories: 462Cholesterol: 158mg
  • Sodium: 866mgProtein: 48g
  • Total Fat: 26gFiber: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 9g