Apple-Maple Turkey

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 h 45 min
  • Serves 8, plus leftovers


  • 3 cups sweet apple cider , divided 750 mL
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted 125 mL
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme 30 mL
  • 1 turkey (14 lb/6.2 kg)
  • 3 Cortland Apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 bulb garlic, cloves separated and halved
  • 1 bunch fresh sage , torn into large pieces
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup 125 mL
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper 2 mL
  • butcher’s twine


  • Step 1

    In a bowl, whisk together 1 cup (250 mL) cider, melted butter and thyme. Place bowl in freezer until mixture thickens, about 30 min. Preheat oven to 350°F (160°C). Place turkey, breast side up, on a wire rack set in a roasting pan.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, toss together apples, onion, celery, garlic, sage and maple syrup. Set aside. Gently loosen skin of turkey from breast meat using fingers. Rub half of the cooled cider mixture under skin. Rub remaining mixture all over outside and in cavity of turkey. Season turkey with salt and pepper then fill cavity with apple mixture. Scatter remaining apple mixture around pan, along with neck and giblets. Tie drumsticks together with twine and tuck wings back under bird.

  • Step 3

    Pour remaining apple cider into pan. Set roasting pan on middle rack of oven and roast, 1 hour. Cover with foil and roast, occasionally basting with pan juices, for another 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 185°F (85°C) when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, away from the bone. Remove turkey from oven, discard apple mixture, loosely over with foil and let rest 15 min. before carving and serving.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per serving (3 oz/90 g)
  • Calories 180
  • Fat 9 g
  • Saturated Fat 3 g
  • Carbs 4 g
  • Protein 20 g
  • Cholesterol 65 mg
  • Sodium 70 mg