Ginger-Glazed Turkey with Roasted Fruits

Serves 8

Many varieties of pears and apples come into peak season in November. Enjoy the fruit flavors with the ginger coating on this turkey.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 (12- to 16-pound) turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted and divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 pears, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 2 apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 8 dried figs, halved lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Rinse turkey well and pat dry. Transfer turkey to a rack set inside a large roasting pan and brush all over with 4 tablespoons of the butter. Sprinkle all over with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and roast, basting occasionally and tenting with foil if it gets too dark, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, make the glaze by whisking together 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter, ginger and sugar until well combined. Brush entire turkey with glaze and continue to roast, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the leg reads 165°F, about 30 minutes longer. Remove turkey from the oven and set aside to let rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Just after glazing the turkey, prepare the roasted fruit. Combine pears, apples, onions and figs in a medium bowl and toss with remaining 3 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, thyme and pepper. Transfer fruit mixture to a greased 9- x 13-inch baking dish and roast, tossing gently halfway through, until softened and golden brown, about 30 minutes; transfer fruit to a serving dish. Drizzle turkey with pan drippings and serve with fruit on the side.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:560 calories (250 from fat), 28g total fat, 12g saturated fat, 170mg cholesterol, 410mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 20g sugar), 49g protein
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