Sherry Citrus Glazed Roast Turkey

Sherry Citrus Glazed Roast Turkey

This simply delicious "Santa Maria style" turkey recipe takes a twist on the traditional roasted turkey. The unmistakable flavor of Susie Q's Santa Maria seasoning gives depth to a perfectly seasoned bird with crisp mahogany skin glazed with a hint of sherry and citrus. 

Recipe ingredients:

  • 1 fresh turkey, 12-16lbs rinsed, neck and giblets removed
  • 1/2oz (per 3lbs) Susie Q's Santa Maria Seasoning
  • 6-8oz Susie Q's Sherry Citrus Rib Glaze
  • 2tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 orange, sliced 1/2" thick with peel
  • 1 lemon, sliced 1/2" thick with peel
  • A few fresh sprigs each, thyme and sage

Recipe directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Season body cavity generously with Santa Maria seasoning. 
  3. Place onion, orange and lemon slices, thyme and sage in cavity. 
  4. Truss the bird with butchers twine if desired. 
  5. Rub the outside of the turkey with butter or olive oil and season exterior with more Susie Q's seasoning.
  6. Place turkey breast side up on a rack in a large roasting pan and cook for 2 hours.
  7. Brush with the Sherry Citrus Glaze, then add a small amount of water to the bottom of the roasting pan to prevent glaze from burning.
  8. Continue basting with glaze and pan juices every 15 minutes until turkey is done.

When done, (total of 3-4 hours for a 12-16lb bird) transfer turkey to a warm platter and cover loosely with foil. Let rest for 15 minutes before carving. Drizzle sliced turkey with pan juices if desired.