Rum Glazed Turkey

Rum Glazed Turkey

Buttery Chestnut and Apple Stuffing:
4 tablespoons butter, plus 12 tablespoons melted
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves
8 ounces roasted, peeled and coarsely chopped chestnuts
2 apples, peeled cored and diced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup sauteed mushrooms
1 1/2 pounds sourdough bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch cubes and toasted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup chicken stock
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (22-pound) fresh turkey, giblets removed, rinsed well inside and out, patted dry
2 sticks butter, softened, divided
2 cups brown sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 cup dark rum
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Special Equipment:
2 large roasting pans with handles and V-racks
Instant-read thermometer
2 (2-quart) casserole dishes
Extra-large mixing bowl

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter.
Add onions, carrots and celery and saute until tender. Transfer to a large
mixing bowl and toss with parsley, sage, chestnuts, apples, dried
cranberries, mushrooms and bread. Pour eggs, stock and remaining 12
tablespoons of melted butter over, season with salt and pepper and toss
again well. If the stuffing is too dry add a bit more stock or water. It
should not be saturated or soggy, though.

Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Rub the cavity opening with
salt and pepper. With your fingers, carefully separate as much of the
turkey’s skin from the breast, as you can, trying not to puncture any holes
in the skin as you go.

In a small mixing bowl stir together 8 tablespoons of the softened butter
with 1 cup of the brown sugar. Smear about half of the softened butter and
sugar mixture over the breast under the skin. Rub the remaining butter and
sugar mixture all over the turkey.

Loosely stuff the turkey with the cooled chestnut stuffing. If there is
extra stuffing bake it in a buttered baking dish next to the turkey in the

Roast the stuffed turkey about 3 to 3 1/2 hours, basting often during the
last hour of cooking with the buttered rum glaze, or until an instant-read
thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey leg registers 155
degrees F; it will continue cooking for another 20 minutes or so out of the
oven. If the turkey skin starts to get too dark, tent it with foil while it

While turkey is cooking, in a small saucepan combine remaining 8 tablespoons
of the butter with 1 cup of the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, freshly ground
nutmeg, dark rum and a little salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then lower
and simmer for 10 minutes until slightly thickened and syrup-like, stirring

Transfer the turkey to a carving board to rest and loosely tent with foil
and allow to cool. Brush the outside of the turkey with syrup mixture to get
a glazed look.

Recipe courtesy Danny Boome

Cook Time 3 hr 45 min Level Intermediate Yield 8 to 10 servings