Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy

Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy
Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Ingredients

  • 6 cups ice
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, coarsely crushed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • Savory Herb Gravy
  • + 16 more ingredients
    • 2 oranges, quartered
    • 4 sage leaves
    • 4 thyme sprigs
    • 8 (1/8-inch-thick) slices peeled fresh ginger
    • 4 parsley sprigs
    • 6 whole cloves
    • Remaining ingredients:
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • 1 onion, quartered
    • 1 tablespoon whole allspice, coarsely crushed
    • 8 cups apple cider
    • 2/3 cup kosher salt
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1 (12-pound) fresh or frozen turkey, thawed
    • 2 bay leaves
    • Brine:

To prepare brine, combine first 8 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until sugar and salt dissolve. Cool completely. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for Savory Herb Gravy. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Stuff body cavity with ...

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