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Maple Basted Roast Turkey with Cranberry Pan Gravy

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Servings: 12

Who says cranberries have to be served as a side dish? They now form the base of a delicious gravy to enhance your maple syrup basted Butterball Turkey.


  1 (12 to 14 pound) Butterball® Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen

  8 fresh sage leaves

  1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  2 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided

  2 cups cranberry juice

  2 Tbs cornstarch

  3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

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1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees°F. Remove turkey from packaging; drain. Remove neck and giblets; refrigerate for another use or discard. Place turkey on flat rack in a shallow roasting pan, 2 to 2-1/2-inches deep. Place 4 sage leaves on each side of breast. Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place and stabilize the turkey in pan and when carving. Insert oven-safe thermometer deep into lower thigh muscle not touching bone. Brush skin with lemon juice.

2. Bake 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Check for doneness 30 minutes before end of recommended cooking time. Baste turkey with maple syrup twice during last 30 minutes of cooking. Turkey is done when thigh reaches 180°F and juices run clear.

3. Remove turkey from roasting pan. Baste again with any remaining maple syrup. Let turkey rest while preparing gravy.

4. Place roasting pan on burners on medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of the broth. Heat to boiling, while scraping drippings from bottom of pan. Remove pan from heat; strain mixture into a large saucepan.

5. Stir 1-1/2 cups of the broth and cranberry juice into saucepan mixture. Bring to boiling on medium heat, stirring frequently; reduce heat to medium-low.

3. Stir cornstarch into reamining 1/2 cup broth. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into simmering mixture. Stir in dried cranberries. Simmer, stirring frequently, 5 minutes. Place gravy in serving container and pass with carved turkey.

Nutritional Information:

Calories 785

Total Fat 33g 

Saturated Fat 10g 

Cholesterol 285mg 

Sodium 1218mg 

Potassium 85mg 

Total Carbohydrate 24g 

Sugars 22g

Protein 85g