Oven Roasted Turkey with Maple Apple Reduction

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Apple reduction is made by reducing apple cider and maple syrup into a delicious sauce, perfect for serving over oven roasted turkey!

Sliced turkey breast on plate with small white bowl of apple reduction, large fork and fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs, on white and green cloth towel

Thank you to my friends at Jennie-O for sponsoring today’s post!

It’s Thanksgiving Week on the blog! A week that I look forward to every year, where I share new recipes for the upcoming holiday!

This years line-up includes:

If you’re totally scared to make a whole turkey for Thanksgiving, then you definitely need to read this post!

I’m sharing my secret for the easiest way to cook a whole oven roasted turkey, plus how to make an easy maple apple reduction to go with it!

Sliced turkey breast on plate with small white ramekin of apple reduction and sprigs of fresh rosemary

How do you make an apple reduction?

Add apple cider and apple cider vinegar to a small pot over high heat, simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced down by half. Reduce the heat to low and stir in maple syrup and salt. Simmer for an additional 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve.

How do you cook the perfect turkey in the oven?

Jennie-O’s Oven Ready Turkey is the perfect, easy, fool-proof way to cook a turkey in the oven. It’s pre-seasoned and takes about 2 minutes to prep before going in the oven!

Simply remove the whole turkey from the outer package. The turkey will be in a cooking bag, leave it in the bag and place it in a roasting pan. Cut six ½ inch slits in the top of the roasting bag, pull the cooking bag up and away from the turkey. Place the turkey in the oven for 3-4 hours. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer after 3 hours. The turkey is ready when it reaches 165°F in the breast and 180°F in the thigh.

Remove the turkey from the oven when it reaches the proper temperature and allow to rest in the cooking bag for 15 minutes, before opening and removing the turkey to slice.

Do I have to thaw the turkey before cooking it?

No! That’s another great thing about Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey’s is that you can take them straight from the freezer to the oven!

Do I put water in the bottom of the roaster for the turkey?

No, you do not need to add any water to the roasting pan. Water in the bottom of the pan can actually steam burn the turkey. The turkey will produce it’s own delicious juices that you can then use to make gravy or leftover turkey soup!

Plate of sliced roasted turkey with large fork, bowl of maple apple reduction and fresh rosemary springs, next to Jennie O Whole Oven Ready Turkey in bag

What sauce is traditionally served with turkey?

While gravy and cranberry sauce are traditionally served with turkey, I love to give my Thanksgiving dinner guests options, which is why I came up with this Maple Apple Reduction!

Some other sauces I love to serve at Thanksgiving include:

Sliced turkey on white plate with ramekin of maple apple reduction and rosemary sprigs

Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey’s are available in the freezer section of your grocery store and if a whole turkey isn’t what you’re looking for, you can also find oven ready boneless and bone-in turkey breasts that are just as easy to make as the whole turkey!

Don’t forget to pin this Easy Oven Roasted Turkey Recipe with Maple Apple Reduction for later and when you make it, be sure to share a pic on Instagram and tag me @WhitneyBond or use the hashtag #WBRecipes!

Sliced turkey breast on white plate with maple apple reduction in small white ramekin, large fork on side of plate and fresh rosemary sprigs
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Oven Roasted Turkey with Maple Apple Reduction

Apple reduction is made by reducing apple cider and maple syrup into a delicious sauce, perfect for serving over oven roasted turkey!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 618 kcal

Ingredients

Oven Roasted Turkey

  • 10-13 lb Jennie-O Oven Ready Whole Turkey

Maple Apple Reduction

  • 1 ½ cups apple cider
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp kosher salt

Instructions

Oven Roasted Turkey

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  2. Remove the turkey from the outer packaging, but leave in the cooking bag and place in a roasting pan with at least 2 inch high sides.

  3. Cut 6 small slits in the top of the cooking bag and pull the bag away from the turkey.

  4. Place in the oven for 3 - 4 hours, or until a meat thermometer reaches 165°F in the breast and 180°F in the thigh.

  5. Let the turkey rest 15 minutes in the cooking bag.

  6. Cut open the cooking bag, remove the turkey and slice.

Maple Apple Reduction

  1. Add the apple cider and apple cider vinegar to a small pot on the stove over high heat.
  2. Once reduced by half, stir in the maple syrup and salt, reduce the heat to low.

  3. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, remove from the heat and serve.

Recipe Video

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