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Orange and Maple Roasted Turkey
With Giblet Gravy
Combine 3/4 cup pre-made sugar free orange Kool-Aid and
1/4 cup low-carb maple syrup in a small saucepan; bring
just to a boil. Remove from heat; set aside.
- 3/4 cup pre-made sugar free orange Kool-Aid
- 1/4 cup low-carb maple syrup
- 1 (12-pound) fresh or frozen whole turkey, thawed
- 1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon grated orange rind
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 small orange, quartered
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- Cooking spray
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 (10 1/2-ounce) cans chicken broth
- 2 Tablespoons pre-made sugar free orange Kool-Aid
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch or "not/Starch" [optional]
- 1 Tablespoon low-carb maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Fresh herbs (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove giblets (including liver) and neck
from turkey, and set aside. Rinse turkey thoroughly with cold water, and
pat dry. Tie ends of legs to tail with cord, or tuck flap of skin around
tail. Lift wing tips up and over back, and tuck under bird. Sprinkle poultry
seasoning, 1 tablespoon grated orange rind, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and
1/4 teaspoon pepper into the body cavity and onto the bird. Stuff cavity of
turkey with orange quarters and onion quarters. Place turkey on a rack
coated with cooking spray, and place rack on a broiler pan. Insert meat
thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone.
Bake the turkey at 375°F for 45 minutes. Baste turkey with the "orange
juice" mixture; cover turkey loosely with foil. Bake turkey an additional
2 hours and 15 minutes or until the thermometer registers 180°F,
basting turkey every 30 minutes. Let turkey stand for 10 minutes; set the
pan and drippings aside.
While turkey is baking, melt butter in a medium saucepan over
medium-high heat. Add reserved giblets and neck; sauté 2 minutes or
until browned on all sides. Add water and broth; bring to a boil. Cover,
reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Add liver; simmer an additional
10 minutes. Remove giblets, neck, and liver from broth mixture; chop liver,
and return to pan. Discard giblets and neck.
Add broth mixture to bottom of broiler pan, scraping pan to loosen browned
bits. Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Remove
fat from surface with a spoon. Pour the broth mixture into a saucepan; add
2 tablespoons pre-made sugar free orange Kool-Aid and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk
until well-blended. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute or until thick (Thicken
with cornstarch or "not/Starch" — optional.) Discard skin from turkey.
Serve gravy with turkey; garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.
Serves 8-10. 3 net grams of carbohydrate per serving.