Happy Orange Turkey

“Here’s the perfect centrepiece for your Thanksgiving feast. Champagne and oranges flavour this special bird that will become one of your favourite turkey recipes ever.” —Tara Baier, Menomonie, Wisconsin

Happy Orange TurkeyTaste of Home
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
24servings 30minutes 3-3/4hours + standing
Servings Prep Time
24servings 30minutes
Cook Time
3-3/4hours + standing
Portions: servings
Portions: servings
  1. Finely grate zest from oranges. Cut the fruit into wedges. Combine softened butter and orange zest. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey; rub butter mixture under the skin.
  2. Pat turkey dry. Combine the garlic powder, salt and pepper; rub over the outside and inside of turkey. Drizzle with melted butter. Place the oranges, onion, rosemary and thyme inside the cavity. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together.
  3. Place flour in oven bag and shake to coat. Place oven bag in a roasting pan. Place turkey, breast side up, in bag. Pour Champagne and orange juice over turkey. Cut six 1/2-in. slits in top of bag; close bag with tie provided.
  4. Bake at 325° for 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. Remove turkey to a serving platter and keep warm. Let stand for 20 minutes before carving. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
6 ounces cooked turkey: 374 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 156mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fibre), 43g protein.