Looking for that WOW factor to impress your friends and relatives?  Here is the perfect recipe from Taste of Home to accomplish that feat.  It's easy, it's definitely a different taste and you can stop wondering what you're going to do with that big bird in the fridge and move on to your salads and side dishes.

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 quarts plus 1-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chai tea latte concentrate
  • 1 medium orange, quartered, divided
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 2 turkey-size oven roasting bags
  • 1 medium apple, quartered
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

DIRECTIONS

  • For marinade, in a large bowl, combine 5 quarts water, chai tea mix and two orange wedges. Remove giblets from turkey; (discard or save for another use). Place a turkey-size oven roasting bag inside a second roasting bag; add the turkey. Place in a roasting pan. Carefully pour marinade into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible; seal bags and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 18-24 hours, turning several times.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Place apple and remaining orange wedges in cavity. Rub oil over skin; season with salt and pepper. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together.
  • Place turkey breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Cover and let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Discard orange and apple slices.
  • Add 1 cup water to the pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Skim and discard fat; pour drippings into a small saucepan. Combine flour and remaining water until smooth; gradually stir into drippings. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with turkey. Yield: 14-16 servings.