Garlic Herb Maple Roast Turkey

This garlic herb maple roast turkey is packed full of flavor with just a touch of maple syrup sweetness. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday table!

This garlic herb maple roast turkey is packed full of flavor with just a touch of maple syrup sweetness. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday table!

This post is sponsored by Diestel Turkey Ranch. All opinions are 100% my own.

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost here? I keep forgetting that it’s November let alone that t-day is in less than 2 weeks. Eeeeeek! Good thing I finally got my head in the game and was able to throw together this AWESOME turkey option for your family holiday meal plan.

Growing up turkey was basted in butter (never a bad thing!) and sprinkled with some basic herbs. Was it good? HECK YES! BUT sometimes I crave something a little bit different. In the past, I made for you an herbed mayonnaise roast turkey and an adobo butter turkey but this year I’m bringing you a garlic herb maple roast turkey. OMGOMGOMG it’s the perfect amount of salt and herbs with just a hint of dark maple syrup flavor.

Game. Changer

This garlic herb maple roast turkey is packed full of flavor with just a touch of maple syrup sweetness. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday table!

I also teamed up with Diestel Family Turkey Ranch again this year because there is no sense in bringing turkey if it’s not quality turkey – am I right? If you don’t remember (or you’re new to Nutmeg Nanny – HI!) Diestel practices sustainable farming methods, which means a few different things. One – their birds are raised almost twice as long as given nearly two times as much space as conventional birds and their (which just so happens to be this pretty little bird here!) is awarded a 5 rating from the Global Animal Partnership. Oh, and they have been doing this 1949, so they know a thing or two about turkeys.

This garlic herb maple roast turkey is packed full of flavor with just a touch of maple syrup sweetness. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday table!

You’ll also love the 100% vegetarian diet of grains milled daily on the for their turkeys and the fact that you can get lots of delicious goodies from their online store! In addition to their online availability, Diestel’s Pasture-Raised Turkeys and all of their holiday birds can be purchased at select independent, natural, upscale, and conventional food stores across the country. Visit the Diestel store locator for more info and connect with @DiestelTurkey on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to check out Diestel’s year-round turkey products, like their Non-GMO Project Verified deli slices and turkey burgers!

This garlic herb maple roast turkey is packed full of flavor with just a touch of maple syrup sweetness. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday table!

Ok, more about this turkey. It’s slathered in melted butter, sprinkled with kosher salt and minced fresh herbs and then drizzled with just a touch of maple syrup. Oh, and where does that garlic come from in the title? Well, the cavity is PACKED full of fresh garlic and chopped apples. This baby is so flavorful with just a hint of sweetness. Trust me, you’ll LOVE IT!

Looking for a turkey of your own? Use this code NUTMEG20 and you’ll get $20 off any whole turkey and cook-in-bag breast roast, no limit per customer, maximum discount $40 per order, valid through Dec. 14th 11:59PM PST, online only.

This garlic herb maple roast turkey is packed full of flavor with just a touch of maple syrup sweetness. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday table!

Looking for delicious ways to use up all your leftover turkey? Try my Puff Pastry Turkey Pot PieTurkey Cranberry Pesto PaniniTurkey Monte CristoTurkey Wild Rice Chili or my Leftover Thanksgiving Sandwich with Moist Maker 


Garlic Herb Maple Roast Turkey

This garlic herb maple roast turkey is packed full of flavor with just a touch of maple syrup sweetness. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday table!


  • 1 (14 pound) Diestel Pasture Raised Turkey
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
  • 2 heads garlic, cut in half
  • 2 apples, quartered
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 1/3 cup dark maple syrup


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Remove your turkey from its packaging, rinse and remove the giblets. Add turkey to your roasting pan and using your hands cover the whole outside of the turkey with melted butter.

Sprinkle the outside of the turkey with kosher salt, black pepper, rosemary, thyme and sage.

Fill the cavity of the turkey with the heads of garlic, apples and onion. If you have any leftover fresh herbs feel free to also add them to the cavity of the turkey.

Place your turkey into the oven and roast for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes turn down the heat to 350 degrees and cook for about 2 hours.

Remove from the oven, drizzle the outside of the turkey with maple syrup and add back to the oven and continue cooking until the bird reaches an internal temperature (when checked near the thigh) of 160 degrees. Then let the bird rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.

If the bird starts to brown too quickly simply tent it lightly with foil so it does not burn.

33 Responses to “Roasted Grape Crostini”

  1. #
    1 — June 8, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Sounds delish! I am so going to have to try this for my next party appetizer!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks — June 8, 2015 at 7:48 am

    TOTALLY with you on the whole ricotta toast thing. I had a salad this weekend and it came with two pieces of ricotta toast – thank goodness because it saved me from saying “oh no you DON’T” to the Southern husband. Love this take on it – and your picture of the grape vine with no grapes is just plain lovely. 🙂

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — June 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Crostini is always delicious, but the roasted grapes take this to a whole new level. Pinning!

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    Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk) — June 8, 2015 at 10:27 am

    YES! Love these photos. I have never roasted grapes. It hadn’t occurred to me to worry that they might taste like raisins, but I am so glad that they don’t. I could use something that tastes like good decisions all the time!

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    Travel Animal Doctor — June 9, 2015 at 8:39 am

    WOW, this recipe looks insanely delicious. The photography is astonishing. I look forward to trying out this recipe.

  6. #
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — June 9, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Roasted grapes kind of freaked me out for a while, but I can totally see them working here! Gorgeous photos lady, they are so lovely!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — June 9, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I have never roasted grapes before. Obviously that needs to change, because these crostini look incredible!

  8. #
    Barrett — June 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I recently had this with sheep’s milk ricotta. If you can find some (and I admit that’s not easy) it takes this delicious recipe to the next level. Yum, sheep’s milk.

  9. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — June 9, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Roasted grapes on top of ricotta, life doesn’t get much better!

  10. #
    heather @french press — June 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    there really isn’t anything better than freshly made ricotta, but I bet topping it with roasted grapes puts it over the top

  11. #
    Julia — June 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Ricotta toast for breakfast sounds perfect. I need to give that a try. I have not roasted grapes before but it is such a great idea!

  12. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — June 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Sounds delicious! Especially with the addition of fresh thyme.

  13. #
    Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next — June 9, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    This crostini looks delicious. Love the idea of roasting grapes – so good, I bet it brings out the beautiful sweet flavour.

  14. #
    The Food Hunter — June 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I seriously want to go home and roast some grapes now

  15. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — June 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve never had ricotta toast and now I’m really sad about. This looks amazing!

  16. #
    Michelle @ Blackberry Babe — June 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Wow! I’ve never had roasted grapes, or ricotta toast. This looks so dang beautiful that I think I’m on board for giving both a try!

  17. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — June 9, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Grapes are my favorite fruit of all time. I love the idea of roasting them! Brilliant!

  18. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — June 9, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I love the sweetness of roasted grapes – and as a topping on ricotta…wow!

  19. #
    Beth — June 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    You have one very nice, perfectly used looking cookie sheet there.. worth millions to food bloggers! 🙂

  20. #
    Justine | Cooking and Beer — June 9, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    First of all, your photo of grape stems is pretty much the most amazing photo EVER. But this recipe looks insane. Roasted grapes?! Love that idea! Pinned!

  21. #
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — June 9, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Love this! Love the bit of thyme! Your photos are super gorgeous!

  22. #
    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron — June 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Ha ha, I am so excited about Fuller House, so if you say these guys are just as exciting, I totally believe you 😉 I will have to keep my eyes peeled for fresh ricotta, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it before!

  23. #
    Rachael @ La Fuji Mama — June 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Oh yes please!! The quality of ricotta makes such a huge difference in things, doesn’t it? These looks seriously amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

  24. #
    Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — June 10, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Hmmmm… Roasted grapes still kinda freak me out but since you’ve convinced me they don’t taste like raisins, I may just have to give them a try. LOL’ing over your Ina comment. Make sure it’s the good stuff! 😀 Seriously, though there’s nothing better than fresh ricotta. I may just have to add a drizzle of honey over the top of this crostini!

  25. #
    heather | girlichef — June 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. I have never tried ricotta toast…I need change that asap. Love me some roasted grapes and can just imagine how fantastic this is!

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    Lana | Never Enough Thyme — June 10, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    It’s truly amazing the flavors that roasting brings out in fruits and vegetables! I’ve never roasted grapes, but it’s now on my short list of things to try!

  27. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 10, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Roasted grapes are ridiculously good! I love this crostini!

  28. #
    Karissa | Perfectly Sprinkled — June 10, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Gorgeous photography! I love the idea of roasted grapes. I can’t wait to give this a try.

  29. #
    christine — June 11, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Well, it just so happens that I have a bit of ricotta in my fridge leftover from a recipe I created yesterday. I think it’s fate. I must be destined to try this delicious bite. You’ve definitely piqued my curiosity w/ the roasted grapes.

  30. #
    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — June 12, 2015 at 7:48 am

    YUM – I am drooling at this combo of roasted grapes and ricotta! The best ever appetizer -right?

  31. #
    Connie | URBAN BAKES — June 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I’m pretty sure I would love this. The pairing of the grapes with the ricotta cheese sounds delish! I actually like grapes (every now and then) and I feel it’s a very underused ingredient in recipes, unless we’re talking about raisins, so I’m glad to see this recipe use it.
    Will definitely give it a try.

  32. #
    Joanne — June 14, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I am ALLLLLL about ricotta toast for breakfast…but I also won’t say no to it at any other time of day! Love those roasted grapes on top..they feel so fancy!

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    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — July 16, 2015 at 6:59 am

    I’ve had the same fear about roasted grapes tasting like raisins — glad to know they don’t. And now, I have to look to see if any local cheesemongers sell fresh ricotta. Mmm.

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