Southern Roast Turkey with Bourbon Peach Glaze Print Email

Fill your house with the aroma of this impressive roast glazed with peach preserves and bourbon.

one 14-16 pound whole turkey
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Medium orange cut in wedges
1/2 cup peach preserves
2 TBS bourbon
2 tsp orange liqueur or orange juice
Garnish: pickled or spiced peaches, optional

Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for gravy. Blot turkey dry with clean paper towels. Sprinkle salt and pepper in the cavities of the bird. Insert orange wedges into both cavities.

Fold neck skin and fasten to the back with skewers. Fold the wings under the back of the turkey. Return legs to tucked position. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (no more than 2-1/2" deep) roasting pan. Insert an oven-safe thermometer into thickest part of the thigh, being careful it does not touch the bone.

Roast turkey in a preheated 325 degree F oven about 3-3/4 hours. Baste with the pan juices. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, over low heat, combine preserves, bourbon and orange liquid. Cook until preserves are melted.

During the last 30 minutes of roasting time, baste the bird with the Bourbon-Peach glaze. Continue to roast until the thermometer registers 180 degrees F in the thigh.

Remove turkey from the oven, remove the orange wedges and allow the bird to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Place on a warm large platter and garnish with pickled peaches. – about 20 -22 servings of 6 oz each.