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Caramelized Spiced Citrus Turkey

  • VARIES Servings
  • 45 MIN Prep Time
  • VARIES Total Time


  • 1 Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 apple, cut into slices
  • 1 orange, cut into slices
  • 1 lemon, cut into slices
  • 1 onion, cut into slices
  • 6 fresh sage sprigs
  • 3-4 figs, halved or quartered
  • Caramelized Apples & Oranges
  • 3 large firm, baking apples, cored but not peeled and cut into slices
  • 3 large oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Serving Size 3 ounces cooked turkey & 1/2 cup fruit
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 810mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Sugars 15g
Protein 25g
Calcium 4%
Iron 6%
Potassium 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. This is a representation of the nutrition label. The actual nutrition label on the product may vary slightly.
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 325°F. Cooking time will vary by size of bird.
  • Step 2

    Remove the turkey from the bag. Remove giblet package underneath the neck skin area as well as the neck from the body cavity.
  • Step 3

    Place turkey, breast side up, in a shallow roasting pan. Pat the outside and inside of the turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Step 4

    Combine salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Season the inside of the turkey with about 1/3 of the salt mixture. Fold wing tips under the bird.
  • Step 5

    Place the apple, orange and lemon slices, onion, and 2 sprigs of each sage in the main turkey cavity (for aromatics and garnish only). Tie the legs together to hold the shape of the turkey.
  • Step 6

    Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat until the edges begin to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Brush outside of the turkey completely with the melted butter. Season with remaining 2/3 of the salt mixture and place in oven for the recommended roasting time.
  • Step 7

    If the turkey becomes golden brown before it is fully cooked, cover with a loose tent of aluminum foil to prevent over browning. Cut a hole in the foil to view the pop-up timer.
  • Step 8

    For an optimal eating experience, turkey is done when the pop-up timer has popped and a meat thermometer registers at 170°F, in the deepest part of the breast and thickest part of the inner-thigh.
  • Step 9

    To prepare the Caramelized Apples & Oranges, heat oven to 375°F.
  • Step 10

    In a large bowl, toss together the apples, oranges, orange juice, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar. Mound the apple mixture in baking pan or casserole and scatter the butter over the top.
  • Step 11

    Bake for 30 minutes, then take out and toss with a large spoon to coat and place back in the oven for another 30 minutes.
  • Step 12

    After taking it out of the oven, carefully stir and let dish rest roughly 10 minutes before serving.
  • Step 13

    Remove the turkey from the oven and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes before slicing. Garnish serving dish with caramelized apples & oranges, sage sprigs and fig slices.

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