Brined Maple Turkey with Cream Gravy

Brined Maple Turkey with Cream Gravy
Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cola
  • 3 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • Turkey:
  • + 17 more ingredients
    • ¾ cup maple syrup
    • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon dried rubbed sage
    • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
    • Cooking spray
    • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
    • Gravy:
    • 8 quarts water
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 (12-pound) fresh or thawed frozen turkey
    • ½ cup maple syrup
    • ¾ cup kosher salt
    • Brine:
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

To prepare brine, combine first 6 ingredients in a large stockpot, stirring until salt dissolves.To prepare turkey, remove and reserve giblets and neck from turkey. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Add turkey to pot, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours, turning ...

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