Recipe Name: Roasted turkey with balsamic brown sugar sauce
Author Name: Adapted from a recipe from Mayo Clinic staff
Category: Dinner
Serves: 10 Servings
Prep Time: Cook Time: 4 1/2 – 5 hours

Instead of adding fat during cooking and serving the turkey covered with gravy, this roasted bird is complemented with a refreshing, aged Italian vinegar-brown sugar sauce

1 whole turkey (about 15 pounds), thawed
1 tablespoon Olive Shoppe Signature Blend EVOO
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
3 to 4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup water

For the sauce
1 cup Cranberry Walnut Aged Balsamic Vinegar or 5 Star Traditional Aged Balsamic vinegar
1 cup defatted pan drippings
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Rinse the turkey inside and out. Pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey breast-side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Rub the turkey with the Olive Shoppe Signature Blend EVOO, a sprig of rosemary and garlic cloves. Place all of the rosemary and garlic inside the bird. Loosely tie the legs together. Place into the middle of the oven.

When the skin is light (after about 1 1/2 hours) cover the breast with a tent of foil to prevent overcooking the breast. Check the doneness after the bird has roasted about 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Turkey is done when the thigh is pierced deeply and juices run clear (180 to 185 F) or when the breast muscle reaches 170 to 175 F.

Remove the turkey from the oven. Let it stand about 20 minutes to allow juices to settle in the meat. Deglaze the pan by adding 1/2 cup water. Stir to scrape up browned bits. Pour pan drippings into a gravy separator. Reserve 1 cup of defatted pan drippings for sauce.

To make the sauce, in a pan or microwave dish, stir together the Cranberry Walnut Aged Balsamic vinegar or 5 Star Traditional Aged Balsamic Vinegar, defatted pan drippings and brown sugar. Warm the sauce until the flavor is just released, about 15 seconds in the microwave, or over low heat on the stove until steam “escapes.” Don’t boil.

Carve the turkey and drizzle turkey slices with the warmed brown sugar sauce. Serve immediately

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 5 ounces light and dark meat
Calories 247
Sodium 78 mg
Total fat 6 g
Total carbohydrate 10 g
Saturated fat 1 g
Dietary fiber trace
Monounsaturated fat 2 g
Protein 34 g
Cholesterol 79 mg

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