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Roasted Turkey with Maple-Butter Glaze


1 fresh turkey, about 14 to 16 lbs 3 to 4 celery stalks, halved 1/2 lemon salt to taste 1 apple, quartered 1/4 lb. butter (1 stick) 1 onion, halved 1/2 cup maple syrup Sea Salt to taste

If turkey is larger than 16 lbs, slightly increase ingredients above.



 
  1. Bring turkey to room temperature before roasting.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

  3. Wash and dry turkey.

  4. Stuff with lemon, apple, onion and celery. Truss cavity opening (secure with string, pins or skewers so the food maintains a compact shape during cooking) and season with salt.

  5. Melt butter in maple syrup over medium heat and pour inside turkey. Place on a rack in a pan. Roast for 10 to 12 minutes for each pound, basting every 20 - 30 minutes.

  6. Use an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh without touching the bone. Popup thermometers that come with store-bought turkeys are unreliable. Thigh should register at 175 to 180 degrees at the thickest part. Breast meat should register at 170 degrees.

  7. Remove turkey from the oven and let sit for at least 20 minutes. Makes 14 to 16 servings. Time: 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or longer if cooking a larger turkey.

  8. Slice, carve, & enjoy!