Recipe: Maple Roast Turkey for Canadian Thanksgiving

Story originally appeared on FoodCary.

Cary, NC – If you can’t wait for Thanksgiving in November to have a big feast: good news. Canadian Thanksgiving is Monday, October 9, 2017 and you can even make a Canadian-style dish with an easy-to-make recipe.

Maple Roast Turkey Recipe

What do Canadians eat for Canadian Thanksgiving? Well, mostly what Americans do. There are definitely more Canadian kinds of food out there, from poutine to a triple O burger, but for a Thanksgiving meal, try a maple glazed turkey.

Ingredients for a 14 pound turkey:

  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 2.5 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups chicken stock

Boil the syrup and cider together until it reduces down to half a cup. Once you have completed this step, remove it from the heat and mix in your lemon zest and half of your thyme and marjoram. Then add in the butter or margarine and whisk it down until it all melts down into a uniform sauce. Add salt and pepper as you see fit and then cover and refrigerate.

As your oven is preheating to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (or 190 degrees Celsius since this is Canadian), wash and dry your turkey and begin by applying half a cup of your maple sauce under the skin of the turkey breast and rub a quarter of a cup of your sauce on the outside of the entire turkey. Make sure to add your stuffing at this point if you are planning on having that.

If you are planning on arranging vegetables and giblets around your turkey, do so now and sprinkle the rest of your thyme and marjoram onto them. Also, add the rest of your chicken stock to the pan you’re cooking the turkey on.

Roast your turkey for 30 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius). After reducing the temperature, cover the turkey in foil and baste the stock and other juices in the pan onto the turkey in intervals to keep it moist. If you didn’t stuff your turkey, this should last about three to four hours. If you did, five to six hours. To check and see if the turkey is done, penetrate the leg with a fork and see if clear or light pink juice comes out. That means it’s done.

And then, cut, serve and enjoy Thanksgiving the way our neighbors to the north do it.

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Story by staff reports. Photo by Andrea Goh.