Juicy, tender turkey is slathered with sage-infused butter, shingled with crispy bacon, and glazed with maple syrup in what just might be the best Thanksgiving turkey you’ve ever tasted!
Now. Back to this Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon & Sage Butter. Doesn’t the name just say it all?! This star of the Thanksgiving table is slathered with sage-flecked butter and glazed with pure maple syrup as it cooks. Then, about an hour before it’s done, the top of the bird is shingled with salty bacon and brushed with more syrup for good measure. The final result is moist, juicy, tender turkey with an undertone of sage and bacon, a sweet maple glaze that filters into the gravy, and bonus crispy bacon strips, over which everyone at the table will be fighting.
And have I mentioned how easy this turkey is to make? I know that the idea of cooking a whole turkey can be a little intimidating, but there’s nothing to this preparation. Seriously. Let me break it down for you, and it really is this basic…
~Remove bag of giblets and neck from thawed turkey; put in a roasting pan.
~Season turkey with salt & pepper, inside & out.
~Loosen skin and spread sage butter underneath.
~Glaze entire turkey with maple syrup.
~Bake for a couple of hours, basting with additional syrup every 30 minutes.
~Arrange raw strips of bacon on top of turkey; glaze again.
~Bake for about one more hour or until turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
~Remove turkey from oven, tent with foil, allow to rest, carve, and enjoy!
Is that simple or what? Yes, there is a time commitment involved. Yes, you have to be attentive, between regular glazing and using foil to tent parts of the turkey that are browning too quickly. Yes, you need to make sure your turkey reaches a safe temperature without becoming overcooked…but that’s what a meat thermometer is for. So honestly, there’s no reason to experience anxiety over cooking a turkey. If I can do it, so can you!
If you’re looking for a new spin on traditional turkey this year, I highly encourage you to give this Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage Butter a try…Try our other recipes found here on this website such as Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Honey Butter or our Mini Pumpkin Pie Cookies!!! Gobble, gobble!