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Orange Apricot Turkey Recipe by Paula Deen

Easy Level
260 MIN 10 Prep + 250 Cook
Servings
$ /Serving
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Easy Level
260 MIN 10 Prep + 250 Cook
10-12 Servings
$ /Serving

Orange Apricot Turkey Recipe by Paula Deen

Easy Level
260 MIN 10 Prep + 250 Cook
10-12 Servings
$ /Serving

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter, well chilled
  • 1 can apricot halves, reserve liquid
  • 1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 (12-14 lbs) turkey
  • 4 stems fresh rosemary, optional

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400º


Place turkey in large roasting pan (no rack). Slice chilled butter into long slices. Slide one full stick of butter under the skin of each breast. Under the skin of one side place apricot halves. Take the frozen orange juice out of can and place in the cavity of the turkey along with the juice from apricot can and one cup of water. Cook at 400º for 20 minutes.


Reduce heat to 250º and roast until turkey is done. Baste frequently with the orange/apricot/butter drippings.


Notes From the Paula Deen Test Kitchen: Turkey will take longer than instructed on a typical turkey package since you are roasting at a lower heat for the final time. Typically, a 12-14 pound bird will take a total of 4 to 4½ hours to roast with this method. We used Apricot preserves mixed with a little of the pan juices for a final baste on our turkey. Flavor was delightful and a nice twist on the usual turkey preparation.

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