Thanksgiving Dinner Playlist

Apple Cider Glazed Turkey

Looking for a new take on what to serve this Thanksgiving?  Try the wonderful cider glaze on this roasted turkey, paired with Chardonnay, and casual music that starts off jazzy and ends up with some rock.  Song links will open up iTunes, where tracks/albums can be purchased

The Turkey


The Wine


The Dinner Music

For turkey:
  • 1 (12-to 14-pounds) turkey at room temperature 1 hour, neck and giblets (excluding liver) reserved for turkey stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 apple, cut into chunks
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 small bunch thyme
  • Garlic, Sage, Chili Powder (optional)

For cider glaze:
  • 1 cup unfiltered apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

For gravy:
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • Melted unsalted butter (optional)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • About 4 cups hot turkey giblet stock

  • Equipment: a 17- by 14-inch flameproof roasting pan with a flat rack; kitchen String; a 2-quart measuring cup or a fat separator




Ballade - Charlie Parker

Ballade - Jazz 'Round Midnight


Serenade in Blue - Charles Minugs

Serenade In Blue - Mingus At the Bohemia


Chelsea Bridge - Duke Ellington

Chelsea Bridge - Best of Duke Ellington


Sleepwalk - Santo and Johnny

Sleepwalk - Canadian American Story


Chicago, My Kind of Town - Frank Sinatra

My Kind of Town - Nothing But the Best - The Frank Sinatra Collection (Remastered)


Autumn in New York - Harry Connick Jr.

Autumn In New York - When Harry Met Sally... (Music from the Motion Picture)


Donna - Richie Valens


The Lie and How We Told It - Yo La Tengo

The Lie and How We Told It - I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One


Amsterdam - Coldplay

Amsterdam - A Rush of Blood to the Head


Re: Stacks - Bon Iver

Re: Stacks - For Emma, Forever Ago


Fall Into You - Mazzy Star

Fade Into You - So Tonight That I Might See


Tripoli - Pinback

Tripoli - Pinback


The End - Kings of Leon

The End - Come Around Sundown





    Prepare turkey:
    Preheat oven to 425°F with rack in lower third.

    Rinse turkey inside and out and pat dry. Put turkey on rack in roasting pan and season inside and out with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Put apple, onion, and thyme in large cavity. Fold neck skin under body, then tuck wing tips under breast and tie drumsticks together with string.


    Roast turkey and Make cider glaze:
    Add water to pan and roast, without basting, 1 hour.

    Meanwhile, boil cider and sugar in a small heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved, until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in butter 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking until emulsified. Let glaze stand until ready to use.

    After turkey has roasted 1 hour, rotate pan 180 degrees. Roast, without basting, 40 minutes more.


    Glaze turkey:
    Brush turkey all over with all of glaze and continue to roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into fleshy part of each thigh (test both; do not touch bone) registers 165 to 170°F, 5 to 15 minutes more (total roasting time: 1 3/4 to 2 hours).

    Carefully tilt turkey so juices from inside large cavity run into pan. Transfer turkey so juices from inside large cavity run into pan. Transfer turkey to a platter (reserve juices in roasting pan) and let rest, uncovered, 30 minutes (temperature of thigh meat will rise to 170 to 175&Deg;F). Discard string.


    Make gravy while turkey rests:
    Strain pan juices through a fine-mesh sieve into 2-quart measure and skim off fat (or use a fat separator), reserving fat.

    Straddle roasting pan across 2 burners, then add wine and deglaze pan by boiling over high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, 2 minutes. Strain through sieve into measuring cup containing pan juices.

    Put 1/2 cup reserved fat (if there is less, add melted butter) in a 4-quart heavy saucepan and whisk in flour.

    Cook roux over medium heat, whisking, 3 minutes. Add pan juices and stock in a fast stream, whisking constantly, then bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Briskly simmer, whisking occasionally, until gravy is thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


    Serve turkey with gravy.


    Recipe adapted from Gourmet, November 2009