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Roasted turkey

Roasted turkey
Los Angeles Times

A beautiful turkey is the glorious centerpiece of a Thanksgiving table. The skin of the turkey should be golden brown and the inside moist and tender. Yes, there are blackened turkeys and smoked turkeys and turkeys rubbed with herbs and ... Read more

Active work time: 20 minutes | Total preparation time: 5 hours 50 minutes | Serves 10 to 12
  • 1 (12- to 14-pound) turkey, thawed
  • Salt, pepper
  • Basic Bread Stuffing or stuffing of choice
  • Butter, melted

Step 1Remove giblet bag from turkey. Check both cavities for extra parts. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water and pat dry. Rub salt and pepper to taste into neck and body cavities.

Step 2Loosely pack stuffing into neck and body cavities. Do not overstuff. Stuffing expands during cooking. Skewer neck skin to back of bird to hold stuffing in place. Tie legs together with kitchen twine or tuck legs under turkey skin. Tuck wings under bird. Allow 1/2 to 3/4 cup stuffing per pound of turkey. If recipe makes more stuffing than bird will hold, place in lightly greased casserole and bake at 325 degrees until heated through, 30 to 45 minutes.

Step 3Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Brush with melted butter. Roast uncovered at 325 degrees 20 to 22 minutes per pound (if turkey weighs more than 16 pounds, roast 18 to 20 minutes per pound), or until thermometer reaches 165 degrees in stuffing (if roasting unstuffed, take temperature in thigh).

Step 4Baste with melted butter every 30 to 45 minutes. If bird is browning too fast, tent loosely with foil or cover breast with butter-soaked cheesecloth.

Step 5When turkey is done, remove from oven and let rest at room temperature 20 minutes.


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