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Kitten’s Whole Roasted Turkey

Written By: kittencal on October 2, 2009 No Comment

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Cooking the turkey breast-side down will create a tender juicy turkey without brining or using other methods,  if you are stuffing the turkey you will need approximately 8 cups of prepared stuffing for an 18-pound turkey, the cooking time for this recipe is for an 18-pound stuffed turkey cooked at 325 degrees F if you are cooking the turkey unstuffed then cooking times will be slightly shorter,  you have the option of stuffing or not, and my best advise for a beginner is to use a meat thermometer inserted in the breast area away from any large bone this way you will be assured that your turkey is cooked to the proper temperature, you can cover the uncooked stuffed turkey with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight and just pop it in the oven the following mid-morning or whenever you are ready to cook the turkey, make certain that you have lots of chicken broth handy for this recipe as you will most likely need to keep adding more into the pan while cooking, see cooking times on the bottom for whole turkeys
Also see my easy no-fail gravy

Servings 12-15

INGREDIENTS:

1 (18 lb)  whole turkey

1/3 cup melted butter

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon white salt (or use as much salt as desired)

fresh ground black pepper, use lots!

2 quarts chicken stock (might use less)

8 cups favorite prepared stuffing (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:———————————————-

Preheat oven to 325 degree F.

Set oven rack to lowest position.

Remove the giblets and neck from the cavity.

Rinse the turkey well with cold water inside and out then pat dry with a paper towel.

Place the turkey on a rack on a roasting pan.

In a small bowl mix together the melted butter with oil (I also like to add in 1 teaspoon garlic powder with the oil/butter mixture if you are a garlic-lover then use it).

Fill the inside cavity loosely with prepared stuffing (if you are not using stuffing then tie the legs together with cotton butchers twine).

Using clean hands rub the outside of the turkey with the oil/butter/garlic mixture.

Season the turkey all over with salt and lots fresh ground black pepper.

If you are NOT stuffing the bird place breast-side down on the rack, if stuffing leave breast-side up.

Place/tent a large piece of heavy foil over the turkey.

Place the pan in the oven, then pour about 4-5 cups chicken broth in the pan.

Keep basting the turkey about every 30-40 minutes with the pan juices on the bottom of the pan (removing the foil and re-tenting every time you baste).

If you see the juices starting to evaporate then add in more broth to the pan about 2 cups at a time.

After about 2-1/2 hours of cooking time remove the foil, then continue roasting (325 degrees F) until the internal thermometer reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).

The total cooking time for this 18-pound stuffed bird should be about 4 hours.

Transfer the cooked turkey to a large serving platter, cover loosely with foil and let rest 30 minutes before carving (do not slice the turkey before 30 minutes or all juices will flow out of the bird!)

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Cooking times for whole turkeys cooked at 325 degrees F as follows:

For an 8-12 pound turkey, roast for 2-3/4 to 3 hours.

For a 12-14 pound turkey, roast for 3 to 3-3/4 hours.

For a 14-18 pound turkey, roast for 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 hours.

For an 18-20 pound turkey, roast for 4-1/2 to 4-3/4 hours.

You will also find this recipe on Recipezazz.com

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