Follow these 10 basic steps below for the perfect turkey that your guests will gobble up!
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees for about 10+ Min. Make sure your oven light goes off when it hits the right temp. Some ovens heat faster than others.
2. Remove turkey from packaging DON'T forget the giblets in the cavity.
3. Prepare the turkey for roasting. How? Put it in a roasting pan, brush the outside of the turkey with melted butter and seasonings.
4. Time for the oven. When you put the turkey in, immediately reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Plan on cooking at this temperature for 15 minutes per pound. Again each oven is slightly different.
5. Cook for 1 hour, then start basting. After the first hour is up, baste the turkey every 15 minutes for the remainder of the cooking time. Set a timer so you don't forget!
6. Keep an eye on the thermometer. The turkey is fully cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees (Note: always insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey).
7. Is it stuffed? If the turkey is stuffed, the stuffing must also reach an internal temp of 165 degrees.
8. Let it cool. Once the turkey is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes before carving.
9. Carve. When carving, be sure to use a sharp knife and slice against the grain.
10. Time to eat! Time to gobble gobble up the juicy turkey and all the fixin's !
11. Not stuffing your turkey? Add a one or two apples in the middle of it while its cooking. They will release the juice into the turkey and keep it moist.
12. Also use aluminum foil to cover the wings and legs sections for a few hours so they don't over cook.
13. Lastly, just roast the turkey in a dry pan, add a pint or 2 of chicken broth to the bottom for more juice to baste with.
Have a small crowd or a simple family Thanksgiving this year?
- Instead of a whole turkey, you can roast a hotel breast (just the white meat parts of a turkey). Follow the same cooking instructions as above, but start basting after 20 minutes.
- Cornish hens or quail also make a nice alternative to the traditional turkey, and bonus, they take much less time to cook.
- Enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember that Fort Collins Macaroni Kid is truly thankful for you!