Food Network Kitchen’s Balsamic Glazed Turkey, as seen on Food Network.
Recipe courtesy of Ginevra Iverson for Food Network Kitchen

Balsamic-Glazed Turkey

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 45 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
Balsamic glaze is back, and this year we're finishing our holiday turkey with the beloved tangy condiment. Inspired by the Italian influence, we stuffed the bird with plenty of aromatics--sage, thyme, rosemary, and a whole head of garlic--then basted it throughout with a buttery, flavorful broth. Brushing on the rich balsamic glaze at the end imparts a beautiful color and delicious sweet-tart finish.



  1. Position an oven rack in the lowest position and remove the other racks; preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. Remove any turkey parts from the neck and breast cavities and reserve for another use if desired. Dry the turkey well with paper towels inside and out. Sprinkle the inside with salt and pepper and stuff with the lemon zest, onion, 1 head of the garlic and half of the rosemary, sage and thyme. Set the turkey on a roasting rack set in a roasting pan breast-side up. Rub the outside of the turkey with olive oil, then sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Put the chicken broth, 1 stick of the butter, 1 cup water and the remaining rosemary, sage, thyme and head of garlic in the bottom of the pan. Tent the turkey with foil.
  3. Roast the turkey, basting thoroughly every 30 minutes, for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the balsamic vinegar, honey and remaining stick of butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is simmering. Continue to simmer until thick, syrupy and reduced by about half, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  5. After roasting the turkey for 2 1/2 hours, remove the foil and increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Roast the turkey for another 15 minutes, then baste with about a third of the balsamic glaze using a pastry brush. Roast for another 10 minutes, then glaze again with half of the remaining glaze. Roast for another 10 minutes, then glaze a final time with the remaining glaze. Continue to roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes more.
  6. Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes before carving.