Roast Turkey with Cranberry Bourbon Glaze

written by Julie Cohn

Hey you.  Yes, you.  Come closer. I have a secret for you. Want to impress your mother-in-law, Aunt Gertrude, or your know-it-all next door neighbor this holiday season? Just make this Roast Turkey with Cranberry Bourbon Glaze, made with JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ turkey, for your holiday dinner. This is all you need to know to wow everyone at your holiday dinner, even if you have never cooked a holiday menu before.  Yep. Cranberry Bourbon Glaze + JENNIE-O® turkey = Awesomeness.  Find out more about JENNIE-O® products and grab this delicious recipe!

Holiday entertaining can be stressful, especially if you don’t cook often.  I get it, I really do.  Even those of us who are seasoned cooks feel the stress when it comes to holiday entertaining.  There’s a lot of pressure to put together a picture-perfect gourmet dinner with all the fixings just like you see on tv, but you only have 4-5 hours to get it all done.  Roasting the turkey, peeling potatoes, making the stuffing, making the gravy…just thinking about it makes me tired.  All this cooking takes a lot of time, a lot of sweat…and maybe even a few tears?  While your family and friends sit around watching the games and enjoying their day, you are slaving (and stressing) away in the kitchen.  No fair!

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With a little help from JENNIE-O® and this scrumptious turkey recipe for Roast Turkey & Cranberry Bourbon Glaze, your holiday cooking will be so much less stressful. Seriously, go make yourself a cocktail and relax, because dinner is done!  Even better?  This recipe will knock everyone’s socks off, and they will think you slaved all day.  Shhh. No one needs to know, it’s our little secret.  😉


JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ products are the foolproof solution for holiday cooking.  JENNIE-O® turkeys go from freezer to oven with no thawing, no cleaning, and minimal touching of the raw poultry, which means no scooping out the neck and gizzards!!  Do you know how much time this will save? Every turkey comes pre-seasoned, with its own gravy packet, and is cooked in a special cooking bag to keep it juicy.  I know what you are thinking…what about the stuffing?  Don’t worry, I have an easy stuffing recipe you can make in the slow cooker and no one will be the wiser!  All your family will know is that they have a moist, flavorful, perfectly roasted turkey…take that holiday stress!


Roast Turkey with Cranberry Bourbon Glaze

Note:  I used a JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Boneless Turkey Breast for my recipe but this can be adapted for any JENNIE-O® turkey, just add more vegetables and double the cranberry glaze recipe!

  • 1 JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Boneless Turkey Breast
  • 2-3 Cloves Fresh Garlic
  • 1/2 of a Red Onion
  • 4-5 Full size Carrots
  • 2 c. Fresh Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 c. Chicken Broth
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Cranberry Bourbon Glaze

  • 1/2 c. Minced Red Onion
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Can Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 c. Bourbon
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Sage
  • 1 c. Chicken Broth

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (per package instructions).  Spray a roasting pan with cooking spray.  Remove the turkey from the outer package, leave in the cooking bad and place in the center of the roasting pan.  Cut 2-3 slits in the bag and place in the oven.  Bake for about 60 minutes.


While the turkey is baking, clean and trim the carrots and Brussels Sprouts, cut into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl.  Slice the garlic and red onion into thin slices and place in the bowl. Toss with the olive oil, rosemary, and thyme, then mix in the chicken broth.


Remove the turkey from the oven and carefully spoon the vegetables in the pan around the turkey.  Place the turkey back in the oven and roast another 40-45 minutes.  Remove the roasting pan from the oven and allow the turkey to sit about 10 minutes.  Carefully open the oven bag and pour the turkey drippings into the cranberry bourbon glaze, then carve the turkey.

Cranberry Bourbon Glaze

Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and saute about 4 minutes.  Add the can of cranberry sauce, bourbon, chicken broth, and spices, mix to blend.  Cover and simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently until the cranberry sauce dissolves, about 20 minutes.


When the cranberry jelly has melted and the glaze is fully blended, remove from the heat and set aside.  When the turkey drippings are added to the glaze, put the sauce pan back on low and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and serve immediately with the turkey.


How easy is this Roast Turkey with Cranberry Bourbon Glaze?  Turkey, vegetable, and sweet tangy glaze that tastes great drizzled on everything!  By the way, the cranberry bourbon glaze is so good, your guests will want to lick their plates.  I would gently remind them that licking plates is poor manners…or you could just join them!















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The spinach puffs look yummy!

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latanya 11/08/2016 at 12:02 am

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Robin S. 11/08/2016 at 12:05 am

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Rachel 11/08/2016 at 12:22 am

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Vikki Billings 11/08/2016 at 12:41 am

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Kim Reid 11/08/2016 at 1:18 am

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Geri Sandoval 11/08/2016 at 8:20 pm

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Crystal McKinley 11/08/2016 at 9:19 pm

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Lauren 11/08/2016 at 10:27 pm

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Lauryn R 11/08/2016 at 10:31 pm

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Jenny Scheldberg 11/08/2016 at 10:59 pm

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Rebecca 11/11/2016 at 8:43 pm

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Tracie Cooper 11/12/2016 at 2:24 am

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Luna S 11/12/2016 at 2:28 am

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