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White Wine Ginger Thyme Brined Roast Turkey

Wet brining a turkey is a sure way to have the most moist, succulent bird possible. The brine and the glaze in this recipe take flavor cues from France and Asia, incorporating some signature tastes for a sumptuous end result.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword brined roast turkey, white wine ginger turkey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 13 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 559 kcal
Author Toni Dash


Ingredients for the Brine:

  • 1 cup Kosher Salt
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 6 Star Anise
  • 1 4-inch piece fresh Ginger Root , rough chopped (peeling not necessary)
  • 2 teaspoons dried Thyme
  • 18 White Peppercorns
  • 1 cup Dry Chardonnay wine
  • Supplies: 5 gallon food-grade plastic pail with lid (available at hardware stores)

Ingredients for the turkey cavity:

  • 12 1/2 pound Turkey
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion , cut into large pieces
  • 1 Carrot , cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 2 stalks Celery , cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter , softened

Ingredients for the Glaze:

  • 1 teaspoon dried Thyme
  • 3 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Ginger Root , finely minced
  • ½ cup Dry White Wine


Instructions for Brining:

  1. In a large pot over low heat, combine the salt, sugar and 8 cups water. Stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  2. Add the star anise, ginger, and thyme; allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. While the brine cools, rinse the turkey inside and out.
  4. Add the brine to the food-grade pail, along with the 1 cup dry white wine and the turkey. Fill with cold water to cover. Seal with the lid and chill for 10-12 hours (but not longer than 12 hours); it works well to make the brine the night before cooking the turkey and allowing it to brine overnight.

Instructions for Roasting and Glazing the Turkey:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover a V-rack with two layers of heavy foil, dull side facing the turkey, and place into a roasting pan. Poke holes in the foil to allow the turkey juices to run into the pan.
  2. Place the turkey breast side down on the prepared rack. Add the onion, carrot and celery pieces into the turkey cavity. Rub the entire turkey with the softened unsalted butter.
  3. Pour 1 cup of water into the roasting pan and place in the heated oven for 45 minutes.
  4. After 45 minutes, flip the turkey onto its back being careful not to puncture the skin. Bake until the turkey thigh registers 170 degrees on a meat thermometer.
  5. While the turkey cooks, prepare the glaze. Combine the thyme, honey, ginger and dry white wine in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the honey dissolves. Remove from heat.
  6. When the turkey thigh registers 170 degrees on a meat thermometer brush the top of the turkey with the glaze and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes until the thigh reaches 175 degrees . Note: glazes with sweeteners in them tend to blacken, so watch the turkey and remove if it becomes too dark (it will still taste great; this is for appearance sake).
  7. Remove the turkey and allow to rest for 20 minutes. Slice and serve.
Nutrition Facts
White Wine Ginger Thyme Brined Roast Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 241mg80%
Sodium 9820mg409%
Potassium 844mg24%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 72g144%
Vitamin A 1075IU22%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.