Bourbon-&-Mustard Glazed Turkey

Bourbon-&-Mustard Glazed Turkey

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From: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1995

A glaze of bourbon and mustard is sweetened with brown sugar and is rubbed under and brushed over the turkey skin to infuse the roasting meat with a subtle richness.

Ingredients 10 servings

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  • 1 12-to-14-pound turkey with giblets
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Corn Bread Stuffing, (recipe follows)
  • ¾ cup bourbon, divided
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, or spicy brown mustard, divided
  • ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 3½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • A few sprigs fresh parsley
  • A few sprigs fresh thyme, or ½ tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 6-8 whole black peppercorns
  • 1¼ cups water, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch


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  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place a lightly oiled rack in the bottom of a large roasting pan. Lightly oil a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavity and reserve for the stock. (Discard the liver.) Remove any visible fat from the turkey. Rinse it inside and out with cold water and pat dry. Season the cavity with salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon about half of the Corn Bread Stuffing into the turkey and neck cavities, securing the neck cavity with a skewer. Transfer the remaining stuffing to the prepared baking dish, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate.
  4. Stir together ¼ cup of the bourbon, ¼ cup of the mustard and ¼ cup of the brown sugar in a small bowl. Separate turkey skin from the breast meat with your fingers, taking care not to tear the skin or pierce the meat. Rub about half the glaze under the skin onto the breast meat; set aside the remaining glaze. Season the turkey with salt and pepper. Tie the drumsticks together and tuck wing tips behind the back. Place the turkey, breast-side up, in the prepared roasting pan. Cover with lightly oiled aluminum foil and roast for 2½ hours. Remove the foil, brush the turkey all over with some of the reserved glaze and baste with pan juices. Continue roasting, uncovered, 1½ to 2 hours longer, brushing with glaze and basting from time to time. The turkey is done when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 180°F and registers 165°F when inserted into the stuffing.
  5. To make giblet stock: While the turkey is roasting, heat oil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan. Add the giblets, neck, onion and carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Add broth, garlic, parsley, thyme, peppercorns and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve. (You should have about 2½ cups stock.) Chill until ready to use. Skim off fat.
  6. To make gravy: When the turkey is done, transfer it to a carving board. Scoop the stuffing into a serving bowl, cover and keep warm. Place the dish of extra stuffing in the oven to heat. Cover the turkey loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 15 to 30 minutes before carving.
  7. Meanwhile, pour the drippings from the roasting pan through a strainer into a small bowl, then chill in the freezer so that the fat can be skimmed off. Add the remaining ½ cup bourbon to the roasting pan and cook, stirring and scraping up any brown bits, for about 1 minute. Strain into a medium saucepan. Add the giblet stock and bring to a simmer. Skim off fat from the chilled pan juices before adding to the pan. Dissolve cornstarch in water in a small bowl; slowly add to the simmering sauce, whisking until slightly thickened. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons mustard and 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  8. Remove string from the turkey and carve, discarding skin. Serve with gravy and stuffing.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 124 calories; 2 g fat(1 g sat); 0 g fiber; 2 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 62 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 9 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 8 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 176 mg sodium; 158 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 2

October 23, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
what in hell do you mean,,,,DISCARD THE SKIN,,,,, the most flavorful part and fun part of the turkey,,, maybe you meant discard the skin into your mouth while carving the turkey,,, get over your cheap self,,, enjoy life,,, eat the skin and smile,,, net results 115 seconds off your pitiful life
November 25, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
Tender, moist turkey! I've made this turkey the last two years, since I discovered it on It is incredibly tender and moist and the best turkey I've ever prepared. (Martha Stewart's is second!)
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