Bay Leaf and Honey Glazed Turkey with Pear Chutney

No basting required! Keep the holiday turkey moist with a bay leaf-infused honey glaze. Serve with a chutney of pears, apricots and figs. Photo credit: Georgia Johnson from Comfort of Cooking.

Serves: Makes 12 servings.
30 mins Prep time 3 hrs 30 mins Cook time
30 mins Prep time
3 hrs 30 mins Cook time
  • For the Honey, bring honey and bay leaves to simmer in small saucepan on medium-low heat. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves before using in recipes.

  • For the Turkey, place oven rack in lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Mix salt, garlic powder, paprika and pepper in small bowl. Mix Bay Leaf-Infused Honey and pear brandy in separate small bowl.

  • Place turkey, breast-side up, in prepared pan. Stuff with pears and bay leaves. Brush turkey breast with some of the honey mixture. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over entire surface of turkey. Add 1/2 cup water to pan. Cover loosely with heavy duty foil.

  • Roast in oven 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (175°F in thigh). Remove foil. Spoon remaining honey mixture over turkey. Roast 5 minutes longer. Remove turkey from oven. Let stand 20 minutes. Transfer to platter or carving board and slice.

  • Meanwhile, for the Chutney, bring Bay Leaf-Infused Honey, vinegar and bay leaves to boil in medium saucepan. Add remaining ingredients; cook on medium-low heat 15 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serve with turkey.

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tip: Prepare Honey and Chutney up to 3 days ahead. Store, covered, in refrigerator. Heat chutney gently on low heat until warmed.

Nutrition Information Per Serving (for turkey): 565 Calories, Fat 25g, Protein 73g, Carbohydrates 12g, Cholesterol 212mg, Sodium 373mg, Fiber 0g

Nutrition Information Per Serving (for chutney): 118 Calories, Fat 0g, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 25g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 2mg, Fiber 2g

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 532Calories: 532Cholesterol: 246mg
  • Sodium: 431mgProtein: 65g
  • Total Fat: 17gFiber: 2g
  • Carbohydrate: 28g