Turkey and Cider Gravy

Turkey and Cider Gravy is a delicious roast turkey recipe with an apple cider gravy for your Thanksgiving dinner. Shallots, apples, fresh parsley, sage and thyme combine for a perfectly seasoned bird and paired with a delicious gravy which includes apple cider. This is also a low calories, low fat, low sodium, low sugars, low carbohydrates, diabetic-friendly and Weight Watchers (4 PointsPlus), (3 SmartPoints) recipe. Makes: (12) servings. Turkey and Cider Gravy will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.turkey-and-cider-gravy

Prep Time: 20 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 3 Hours-30 Minutes
Total Time: 3 Hours-50 Minutes.



1 (10-12 lb) turkey
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley + 3 sprigs
1 tbsp chopped fresh sage + 3 sprigs
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme + 3 sprigs
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
(1-1/2 lbs) shallots, peeled, halved lengthwise, divided

1 tart green apple, quartered
3 cups water, plus more as needed
Kitchen string



6 cups water
1 medium-size onion, peeled and quartered
1 medium-size carrot, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh thyme


3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups apple cider
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste


1. Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 475° F.

2. Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavities and reserve to make stock. Place the turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan; pat dry with paper towels.

3. Combine oil, chopped herbs, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture all over the turkey, under the skin and onto the breast meat. Place herb sprigs, 6 shallot halves and apple in the cavity. Tuck the wing tips under the turkey. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. Add 3 cups water to the pan.

4. Roast the turkey until the skin is golden brown, 45 minutes. Remove from the oven. If using a remote digital thermometer, insert it into the deepest part of the thigh, close to the joint. Cover just the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting as necessary to fit. Scatter the remaining shallots in the pan around the turkey.

5. Reduce oven temperature to 350° F. Return turkey to oven and continue roasting until the thermometer (or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone) registers 165° F., 1 to 1-3/4 hours more. If the pan dries out, add 1 cup water and tilt the turkey to let juices run out of the cavity into the pan.

6. Meanwhile, prepare stock: Combine neck and giblets (except liver), 6 cups water, onion, carrot and celery in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Add peppercorns, bay leaf and thyme. Reduce heat and simmer, skimming and discarding any foam, for 1 hour.

7. Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl and let cool. Discard solids.

8. When the turkey is done, transfer to a serving platter (reserve pan juices and shallots), tent with foil and let rest for 20 minutes

9. Meanwhile, prepare gravy: Whisk 1/2 cup of the cooled stock with flour in a small bowl until smooth.

10. Set the roasting pan over two burners over medium-high heat. Add cider and vinegar; bring to a boil and cook, scraping up the browned bits from the pan, until the liquid is reduced by about half, 6 to 8 minutes. Add 3-1/2 cups of the stock. Increase heat to high; return to a boil, whisking often. Boil until the liquid is reduced by about half, 8 to 12 minutes.

11. Whisk the flour mixture into the pan. Boil, whisking constantly, until the gravy is thickened, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour the gravy through a fine sieve into a large measuring cup. (Discard the solids.) Season with salt and pepper.

12. Remove the string from the turkey and carve. Serve with the gravy.

YIELD: 12 Servings.
Serving Size: 3 oz turkey + 3 tbsp gravy per serving.

Weight Watchers (4 PointsPlus), (3 SmartPoints)
Carb Choices: 0

Calories: 162, Total Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 186mg, Sugars: 2g, Carbohydrates: 3g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 26g

Original recipe and image from: Meredith Corporation. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/apple_shallot_roasted_turkey.html

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