Last week I prepared a turkey for an alternative Thanksgiving that I had with friends. Below I have details and tips to make your turkey look like above.
- Preheat an oven to 375F.
- Thoroughly rinse the outside and inside of the turkey to clean it. Pat the turkey dry, and place into a large roaster or roasting pan. Brush the outside of the turkey with softened or melted butter.
- If cooking in a roaster, cover the turkey with the top. If cooking in a roasting pan without a top, cover the entire outside of the turkey with aluminum foil.
- Cook in the 375F oven for about 30 minutes, and then turn the oven down to 325F. The total amount of time that the turkey must cook will be approximately 15-20 minutes per pound. After about 2 hours of cooking, start basting the turkey with the juice at bottom of the pan, and baste about every 30 minutes to an hour. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, uncover the turkey so that it browns the outside. Using a thermometer, check the turkey for when its done at 165F.
- Most importantly, leave the turkey alone for about 20-30 minutes before slicing so that the juices do not run out and leave the turkey dry.