Maple Basted Roast Turkey with Cranberry Pan Gravy


Roast turkey is basted with maple syrup for a sweet glaze; cranberry juice and sweetened dried cranberries bring a sweet-tart fruit dimension to the pan gravy.

a roast turkey with whole sage leaves under the skin
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (12 pound) Butterball® Turkey, thawed if frozen

  • 8 fresh sage leaves

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • cup pure maple syrup

  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth

  • 2 cups cranberry juice

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  2. Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey. Refrigerate for other use or discard. Drain juices from turkey. Pat dry with paper towels. Turn wings back to hold neck skin against back of turkey. Place turkey, breast up, on flat roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Place 4 sage leaves under skin on both sides of breast. Place turkey on shallow rack in pan. Brush all of skin with lemon juice.

  3. Bake approximately 3-1/2 hours, or until meat thermometer reaches 180 degrees F when inserted in deepest part of thigh. Cover breast and top of drumsticks with aluminum foil after two hours to prevent overcooking of breast.

  4. During the last 30 minutes of baking, baste the turkey with maple syrup every 15 minutes.

  5. Remove turkey from roasting pan and let rest while preparing gravy.

  6. Place roasting pan on burners over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of the broth. Bring to boiling, while scrapping dripping from bottom of pan. Remove pan from heat. Strain mixture into a large saucepan.

  7. Stir 1-1/2 cups of the broth and cranberry juice into saucepan. Bring to boiling on medium heat, stirring frequently; reduce heat to medium-low.

  8. Stir cornstarch into remaining 1/2 cup broth. Gradually stir into simmering mixture. Stir in cranberries. Simmer, stirring frequently, 5 minutes.

  9. Carve turkey and serve with gravy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

780 Calories
32g Fat
25g Carbs
92g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 780
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 268mg 89%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 92g
Vitamin C 20mg 101%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 968mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.