With the food lover's favorite holiday still warm and fragrant in our memories, I wanted to share a bit of my family's Thanksgiving tradition with you. I've been making this turkey for years. Since my kids were small. And they LOVE it! The good news is that it's just about the easiest thing there is to make.
So here goes…
Prepare your turkey
Chop 2 to 4 pears – depending on the size of your turkey – (I sometimes use apples instead) into medium sized pieces and place in the bottom of your roasting pan.
Chop one large onion into medium sized pieces and place into the bottom of a roasting pan
Season your turkey with salt and pepper
Place it on top of the fruit and onion
Make your stuffing and stuff the turkey
Spread orange marmalade over the entire surface of the turkey
Insert the temperature probe into the meatiest part of the turkey and tent the bird with foil (taking care not to touch the temp probe with the foil).
Roast until done. Remove the foil over the last half hour to brown the bird up.
Remove the turkey and place it on a large platter, covering it with the foil. Let it rest while you make the gravy.
Remove the fruit, onion and some of the fat from the pan with a large spoon and drop it into a blender. Blend until thick and smooth. That's your gravy. You can add broth if you want to make more and then thicken it with some flour if necessary, but I prefer just to add more fruit to make more gravy. It's smooth and rich and slightly sweet and my family loves it.
That's it! How easy is that. And it's not too late to try it. You can use this recipe with a large chicken or a turkey breast too. I highly recommend it for a delicious and kind of special family meal.
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