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Bay Leaf and Honey Glazed Turkey with Pear Chutney

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 12

No basting required! Keep the holiday turkey moist with a bay leaf-infused honey glaze. Serve with a chutney of pears, apricots and figs.



  1 cup honey

  6 McCormick® Bay Leaves


  1 tsp salt

  1/2 tsp McCormick® Garlic Powder

  1/2 tsp McCormick® Paprika

  1/2 tsp McCormick® Black Pepper Ground

  1/2 cup Bay Leaf-Infused Honey

  1/4 cup pear brandy

  1 whole turkey (12 to 14 pounds), fresh or frozen, thawed

  2 firm ripe pears, quartered

  4 McCormick® Bay Leaves


  1/4 cup Bay Leaf-Infused Honey

  2 Tbs cider vinegar

  2 McCormick® Bay Leaves

  2 firm ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

  1/4 cup pear brandy

  1/4 cup chopped dried apricots

  1/4 cup chopped dried figs

  1/4 cup chopped onion

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For the Honey, bring honey and bay leaves to simmer in small saucepan on medium-low heat. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves before using in recipes.

For the Turkey, place oven rack in lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Mix salt, garlic powder, paprika and pepper in small bowl. Mix Bay Leaf-Infused Honey and pear brandy in separate small bowl.

Place turkey, breast-side up, in prepared pan. Stuff with pears and bay leaves. Brush turkey breast with some of the honey mixture. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over entire surface of turkey. Add 1/2 cup water to pan. Cover loosely with heavy duty foil.

Roast in oven 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (175°F in thigh). Remove foil. Spoon remaining honey mixture over turkey. Roast 5 minutes longer. Remove turkey from oven. Let stand 20 minutes. Transfer to platter or carving board and slice.

Meanwhile, for the Chutney, bring Bay Leaf-Infused Honey, vinegar and bay leaves to boil in medium saucepan. Add remaining ingredients; cook on medium-low heat 15 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serve with turkey.

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