Strawberry and Fig Preserve Turkey Glaze is simple yet delicious. We glaze our bird with it and can use it as a sauce to serve on the side. Staple ingredients take this glaze from simple to spectacular.
Turkey Glaze that is Bright and Sweet
Time and time again I have heard that Roasted Turkey just seems to be missing something. You can do all kinds of things to shake your turkey up. We love using compound butters like in our ORANGE CHICKEN to really help crisp the skin and seal in moisture.
Sometimes you want a little something extra special and we love to use preserves to sweeten Turkey and Ham during the Holidays. Adding some really great seasonings gives sweetness and an extra depth of flavor.
Ingredients for the Turkey Glaze
The full ingredient list and quantities are listed at the bottom of this post on a printable recipe card.
- Strawberry Preserves
- Fig Preserves
- Lemon Juice
- Lemon Zest
- Ground Sage
- Smoked Paprika
How to Make It
Having a blender, immersion blender or food processor makes this job a cinch. Having a way to grind down the preserves is really necessary to make a smooth glaze.
In a small bowl or the bowl of a food processor, add both preserves, lemon juice, zest, sage, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well with an immersion blender or a food processor until smooth and combined.
Mix well with an immersion blender or a food processor until smooth and combined.
During the last 30 minutes of cook time on your Turkey, apply half of the glaze to the skin of the bird. Cook according to directions for 15 minutes.
Apply remaining half of glaze and return to the oven for another 15 minutes. Allow for rest time and carve and serve. You can also reserve a small amount of the glaze to use as a sauce.
Tips for Perfect Turkey
As a general rule, plan for one pound per person. Raw weight. This is a safe estimate when feeding a crowd and knowing how big of a turkey you will need.
Plan to thaw in the refrigerator. Since this is like to take a while, you will want to plan for 1 day thaw time for every four pounds of turkey. So if you have a 15 pound bird, you will need a little under 4 days.
Most Turkeys will tell you how many minutes per pound they generally need to cook and that is great but to be sure it is done, make sure you have a meat thermometer. Checking it often, close to the bone, it should be done when the thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
When cooking time is done, tent the bird with some foil and allow it to rest before you carve it. No less than 30 minutes should insure that the bird stays juicy and tender.
Always starting with a dry bird before cooking helps make sure you get the crispiest skin. Not basting or glazing your bird too late helps with this too. Giving the cook time long enough for the glaze to harden and crisp the skin a bit is a big help.
In addition to this delicious glaze, we like to encourage you to try something new too. For example, stuffing your bird with aromatics or citrus fruit. Wrapping your bird in bacon and then glazing. Both are delicious ways to bring something new to the table this year. Get those creative juices flowing.
Other additions you may like
Great Recipes that Go with Turkey
- Pineapple Cheese Casserole
- Southern Cornbread Dressing
- Classic Macaroni and Cheese
- Cranberry Sauce
- Bacon Chutney
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Strawberry and Fig Preserve Turkey Glaze
- ¼ cup Strawberry Preserves
- ¼ cup Fig Preserves
- 1.5 tablespoon Lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
- 1 to 2 teaspoons Ground Sage
- 1 to 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a small bowl or the bowl of a food processor, add both preserves, lemon juice, zest, sage, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well with an immersion blender or a food processor until smooth and combined.
- During the last 30 minutes of cook time on your Turkey, apply half of the glaze to the skin of the bird. Cook according to directions for 15 minutes.
- Apply remaining half of glaze and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.
- Allow for rest time and carve and serve. You can also reserve a small amount of the glaze to
use as a sauce.