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Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Turkey

Yields12 ServingsPrep Time20 minsCook Time1 hr 30 minsTotal Time1 hr 50 mins

This hearty turkey recipe uses a glaze of cranberries, orange and balsamic flavors to pair nicely with the rest of your Thanksgiving meal.

Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Turkey

For the Glaze:
 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (divided)
 ¾ cup water
  cup maple syrup
 ¼ cup Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
 2 3" cinnamon sticks
 ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
 ¾ cup water
 1 tbsp fresh orange zest
For the Turkey:
 2 boneless turkey breast halves, 2 ½ to 3 lb. each
 2 bone-in turkey legs, about 1 ½ lb. each
 2 bone-in turkey thighs, about 12 oz. each
 2 tbsp Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 salt and pepper

Make the glaze: In a saucepan, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and water and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes or until the cranberries burst and the mixture is slightly thickened. Remove the lid and reduce the heat to low. Continue to simmer until the mixture has thickened and reduced by half. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and let it cool. Can be made 2 days in advance, covered and chilled.


Cook the Turkey: Preheat your oven to 425°F. Oil a large, rimmed baking sheet.


Place breast halves, legs and thighs skin side up on sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.


Roast until lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Brush with glaze; turn several times to coat. Roast, basting often, until a meat thermometer reads 160°F (in thickest part of breast), 30 to 40 minutes longer.


Remove from oven and baste with juices on baking sheet. Tent with foil. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12