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Not-Your-Average Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

December 30th, 2012 Seasonal

For many, the turkey is the highlight of a Thanksgiving meal, which means if you want to make a lasting impression this year, you have to make sure you get it right. If you've already mastered the art of basic turkey roasting, you may want to use a more advanced recipe to challenge yourself in the kitchen. Here's one from Martha Stewart which is sure to make everyone's mouths water.

Brown sugar and mustard glazed turkey Serves 10 people. Ingredients: 1 turkey, prepared as usual Salt and pepper 4 cups of Pecan Cornbread dressing, found on Martha's website 2 tablespoons of butter ½ cup of light brown sugar ¼ cup of spicy brown mustard.

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan, then season the inside with salt and pepper. Fill the neck and cavity with dressing, folding the skin over and securing if necessary. Tuck the wing tips under the neck cavity and tie the legs together. Rub the bird with butter, then salt and pepper. Add neck, giblets and 3 cups of water to the pan, then cover with aluminum foil. Roast for an hour, then baste with pan juice every 30 minutes for 1 or 2 more hours, until a thermometer in the turkey reads 125 degrees. Take off the aluminum foil, then increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Stir together the mustard and sugar, then brush onto the turkey. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour, glazing with the mustard and sugar mixture 2 or 3 more times, until the thermometer reads 165 degrees. Add more water to the pan if it gets dry, and cover the bird with buttered aluminum foil if it browns too quickly. Transfer to a platter, then save the pan drippings to make gravy. Let sit for 30 minutes, then remove the dressing and carve it up for your guests!