A Different Way to Prepare your Christmas Turkey

A really different and delicious recipe that will make the holiday even more exciting. Try this extremely attractive recipe for roast turkey with maple and bourbon glaze – definitely you will not be disappointed.

A Different Way to Prepare your Christmas Turkey


1 turkey (about 10 pounds)

2 tangerines

2 tablespoons butter, softened

2 onions, unpeeled, thickly sliced

3 tablespoons

2 chicken stock cubes

1 tablespoon maple syrup

3 tablespoons bourbon

2 teaspoons cocoa

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Few fresh thyme sprigs


4 tablespoons maple syrup

4 tablespoons bourbon

4 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


Preheat the oven to 350F.

Insert the tangerines into the turkey’s cavity. Rub the whole bird with the butter and season well.

In a large roasting pan, arrange the onions and thyme in the bottom. Place the turkey on top and cover with aluminum foil. Try to make a tent from the foil so it doesn’t touch the top of the turkey.

Put it in the oven and roast for about 3 hours. The rough estimate for cooking time is about 20 minutes per pound.

To prepare the glaze, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add a pinch of salt. About 30 minutes before the end of the cooking, remove the foil tent and increase the heat to 390 degrees. Brush the turkey with half the glaze and bake for another 15 minutes.

Then brush the bird one more time and cook until golden and glazed. Remove for the oven and let it rest on a platter. Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and a towel and leave for 40-45 minutes.

Transfer the juices from the roasting pan into a bowl, leaving the onions in the pan and put it on the hob. When the juices start to separate, take one tablespoon of the fat and add it to the onions. Add the flour and cook for few minutes. Pour the bourbon, maple syrup, add the coco and soy sauce and mash in the stock cubes.

Remove the rest of the fat from the cooking juices and add some water to make 1 quart. Pour this mixture into the onions and simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes or until it has a nice consistency. Add seasoning to taste. Sieve the gravy into a sauce pan and keep it warm.

Serve slices of turkey with plenty of gravy and all the accompaniments.

Happy Holydays!

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