Cranberry Pomegranate Glazed Turkey is a fun and delicious twist on a classic roasted turkey! Cranberry puree and pomegranate juice simmer together with brown sugar and fresh herbs to create a decadent glaze to baste your turkey with while it is roasting in your oven. The result is a juicy turkey that is not only loaded with flavor, but beautiful to look at! The perfect centerpiece for your holiday table.
What You Need to Roast a Turkey
I know that roasting a turkey can seem like an overwhelming task, but I’ll walk you through what you need to be able to pull off roasting your own holiday turkey!
Here are a few essential items to have on hand when roasting a turkey:
- A large roasting pan – a turkey is big! Having a good, sturdy roasting pan will save you so much hassle down the road. Plus, you don’t have to worry about it caving into the weight of the turkey. PS: you can still use these roasting pans for every day cooking! Try it out with a chicken or pot roast!
- A meat thermometer – the easiest and best way to tell if your turkey is done: the temperature! You want an internal temperature of 165 degrees at the deepest part of the meat. I typically insert my thermometer into the deepest part of the leg/thigh and breast to see where I’m at.
- A sharp knife – nothing is worse than trying to carve a turkey without a good knife, trust me! Need to learn how to carve a turkey? Check out this video here!
- Time – give yourself plenty of breathing room and time! I’d rather have my turkey get done before my guests arrive and it just keep it warm than having my guests sitting around waiting for my turkey to get to 165 degrees. Plus, if you give yourself plenty of time, then it helps you not feel stressed or overwhelmed!
How to Make the Cranberry Pomegranate Glaze
This scrumptious glaze comes together in under 20 minutes on the stovetop. All you have to do is combine all the glaze ingredients together, bring to a simmer and let it naturally reduce and thicken.
What’s nice about the glazing process is, you don’t have to have the glaze ready to go right away when you are putting the turkey in the oven! Because we don’t start glazing our turkey until halfway through the cooking process. Let’s take a look:
How to Glaze a Turkey
The process of roasting this turkey is quite simple: you cover it with foil and let it roast for the first half un-touched, then you uncover it and glaze it every 20 minutes or so until it’s done. Easy peasy!
The result is a beautiful, deep maroon roasted turkey. You won’t be able to take your eyes off of it!
Pulling this Cranberry Pomegranate Glazed Turkey out of the oven and placing it as the centerpiece of your holiday table is a sure way to wow a crowd. With simple, step-by-step instructions, you can have a delicious, flavorful and moist turkey ready to go!
Not only is this turkey delicious and beautiful to look at, but it uses the classic holiday flavors in a new way. Have a little fun with your Thanksgiving or Christmas this year!
Looking for another turkey recipe? Check out this Pumpkin Beer Brined Smoked Turkey!
If you need to know how much turkey you need for your crowd, this chart is very helpful.
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