Maple Cider Bourbon Brined Turkey with Bourbon Gravy has crispy skin, juicy meat, and so so much flavor!
Last month, a couple from a close group of our friends moved back to the Twin Cities. To make sure we saw enough of each other, we planned a weekly group dinner with a different home hosting each week. It was such a joy to see these friends on a weekly basis who we were used to seeing only every few months. While the weekly dinners definitely aren’t sustainable with all of our busy schedules, we really wanted to keep up with at least monthly dinners.
So to kick off our monthly dinners, Marc and I hosted a Friendsgiving this weekend. I’ve always wanted to do a Friendsgiving. So when Butterball offered to send me a turkey to develop a recipe with, this gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. While I feel pretty comfortable in the kitchen with most ingredients, I have to say I was pretty intimidated cooking a turkey. I’ve heard plenty of horror stories from my friends, family, and patients. I wanted to make sure I didn’t make any of the classic mistakes that one could make.
One thing I’ve found when asking for turkey-making advice, is that everyone has their own (strong) opinions on how to bake the perfect turkey. So I took their advice, did my own research, and decided I definitely wanted to brine my turkey.
I settled on a brine of salt, maple syrup, apple cider, rosemary, orange zest, and bourbon. With those flavors, I’m pretty sure any turkey is bound to be delicious. After a good 18 hours of brining, I made an easy butter mixture to spread all over before popping it in the oven to ensure a crispy skin. I also stuffed the turkey with onion, apple, rosemary, and garlic to infuse it with some more great flavor.
The turkey turned out just as I hoped – a crispy, flavorful skin with incredibly moist meat. I used the drippings from the pan to create a simple gravy, which I jazzed up with more bourbon to tie it with the turkey meat. Together, the turkey and gravy were so tasty and while they were a slight variation from the traditional turkey and gravy, they were definitely satisfying to my turkey and gravy cravings.
If you’re looking to change up your Thanksgiving table this year, I would definitely recommend this turkey. In fact, it was so good I’ll be making it again for our family’s Thanksgiving dinner.
Butterball has also offered to send two of my readers vouchers for their own Butterball turkey! Since Thanksgiving is creeping up on us, this giveaway will be a quick one – only until Thursday, so be sure to enter quick. You can enter by commenting below, liking greens & chocolate on facebook, following greens & chocolate on Twitter, and tweeting about the giveaway on Twitter, below.
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