Mayo Clinic Health Library Article

 Back to Health Library
Recipe: Roasted turkey with balsamic sauce

Recipe: Roasted turkey with balsamic sauce

Instead of serving gravy with your turkey, try this refreshing balsamic sauce.

Instead of adding fat during cooking and serving the turkey covered with gravy, this roasted bird is complemented with a refreshing, aged Italian vinegar-brown sugar sauce.


Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Rinse the turkey inside and out. Pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey breast-side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Rub the turkey with the oil, a sprig of rosemary and garlic cloves. Place all of the rosemary and garlic inside the bird. Loosely tie the legs together. Place into the middle of the oven.

When the skin is light (after about 1 1/2 hours) cover the breast with a tent of foil to prevent overcooking the breast. Check the doneness after the bird has roasted about 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Turkey is done when the thigh is pierced deeply and juices run clear (180 to 185 F) or when the breast muscle reaches 170 to 175 F.

Remove the turkey from the oven. Let it stand about 20 minutes to allow juices to settle in the meat. Deglaze the pan by adding 1/2 cup water. Stir to scrape up browned bits. Pour pan drippings into a gravy separator. Reserve 1 cup of defatted pan drippings for sauce.

To make the sauce, in a pan or microwave dish, stir together the vinegar, defatted pan drippings and brown sugar. Warm the sauce until the flavor is just released, about 15 seconds in the microwave, or over low heat on the stove until steam "escapes." Don''t boil.

Carve the turkey and drizzle turkey slices with the warmed brown sugar sauce. Serve immediately.


Ingredients

For the turkey:

  • 1 whole turkey (about 15 pounds), thawed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup water

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup defatted pan drippings
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Exchange Data
Dash
Dairy 
Fats 
Fruits 
Grains 
Meat
Nuts_Seeds_Drybeans 
Sweets
Vegetables 
Diabetes
Fats 
Freefoods 
Fruits 
Meat
Milk 
NonStarchyVegetables 
Starches 
Sweets
HWP
Carbs 
Fats 
Protein Dairy
Sweets
Vegetables 
NutrientAnalysis
Calcium 
Calories280 
Carbohydrate9 g 
Cholesterol150 mg 
FiberTrace 
Monounsaturatedfat3 g 
Potassium 
Protein43 g 
Saturatedfat2 g 
Servingsize5 ounces light and dark meat (You will have leftovers.) 
Sodium154 mg 
TotalFat8 g 

2014-09-16

Find a physician

or Need Help Finding a Physician

Upcoming Events

Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Wed, Aug 15, 2018 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM More
Blood Pressure Screening
Thu, Aug 16, 2018 - 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM More
Body Awareness
Thu, Aug 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM More
View all Events >>