Holiday Turkey with Michigan Maple Glaze and Cranberry Bourbon Relish
1 whole 12-15 lb. fresh turkey
salt and pepper to taste
3-4 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 C. chicken stock
1/4 C. maple syrup
cranberry-bourbon relish (recipe follows)
Preheat oven 350°F. Rinse turkey inside and out thoroughly. Season cavity and the outside with salt and pepper. Place onion in the cavity, close with a skewer and tie legs together. Place turkey breast-side up on a rack in a large roasting pan. Brush half melted butter over turkey. Pour 1/2 C. stock into the pan. Roast turkey for 15 minutes per pound or until meat thermometer registers 180°F. in the leg and 170°F. in the breast (about 3 hours). Baste turkey with pan juices and add 1/2 C. stock to pan every 45 minutes. Combine remaining butter with syrup and brush over turkey the last half hour of cooking.