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Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

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Tina Loftin Smith
Added: Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Fresh or Thawed Turkey
lemon juice

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
Remove neck and giblets from the neck and body cavity. Rinse whole bird with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Rub inside cavity and outside of turkey lightly with salt.
Cream together butter, pepper, oregano, parsley and thyme.
Carefully, coat the turkey under the skin with the butter mixture. Do Not remove the skin.
If you have extra butter you can coat the skin sparingly.
Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, not touching bone, or use a quick-read meat thermometer toward the end of the cooking time to check doneness. Cover top of turkey with foil, leaving an air space between turkey and foil.
Turn oven down to 350 degrees F.
Roast about 20 minutes per pound if 8 to 10 pounds or 14 to 16 minutes per pound for larger turkeys (see below).
Remove foil from turkey during last 1 hour of roasting time.
Remove from oven when meat thermometer reads 170 degrees F in the thigh, or when turkey drumsticks move easily in their sockets and juices from the thigh run clear. (If turkey is stuffed, make sure stuffing reaches 165 degrees F.)
Let stand 20 minutes before carving.

Timetable for Roasting Unstuffed Turkey at 325 Degrees F

Uncooked Weight Roasting Time*

8 to 12 pounds 2 3/4 to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3 3/4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds 4 1/2 to 5 hours

* Add 15 to 30 minutes to these times when roasting a stuffed turkey.




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