Low and slow are the secrets to making this turkey. Roasting at 325°F produces a beautiful golden-brown outside and juicy, succulent meat inside. The stuffing can be cooked in the bird with extra stuffing baked separately, or all the stuffing can be baked ahead, leaving the turkey to cook in less time.
1 (10-16 pound) fresh or frozen gluten-free turkey
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons coarse sea salt (less if watching sodium intake)
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1. Prepare Rub by combining brown sugar and seasonings. Spread Rub over entire turkey and into cavities. Set bird in roasting pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit, refrigerated, overnight.
2. Prepare your favorite gluten-free holiday stuffing.
3. Stuff turkey loosely with gluten-free stuffing. Truss bird or cover stuffed cavities with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
4. Preheat oven to 325°F.
5. Prepare Glaze by combining maple syrup, olive oil and cider vinegar. Brush over turkey.
6. Set turkey in preheated oven and bake according to package instructions until meat thermometer registers 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh. Baste* frequently.
7. Remove turkey from the oven and let stand 20 minutes before carving. Remove stuffing to a serving dish and slice turkey.
Each 4-ounce serving of white meat (without skin) contains 153 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 94mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 34g protein.
Each 4-ounce serving of dark meat (without skin) contains 183 calories, 5g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 127mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 33g protein.
*TIP Baste turkey with gluten-free chicken stock the first few times until enough juices collect in the pan for basting.
Recipe by Gluten Free & More food editor Beth Hillson.Yields 1 10-16 lbs. turkey