Are You Still Basting Your Turkey?

Keeping the turkey routine to a minimum frees you up to relax and get beautiful for your celebration. No more slaving over a hot oven for hours doing the “20-minute basting” routine. No need to knock yourself because you didn’t do it and the turkey you’re plating is dry.

Turkey Cooking At Forty FiveMy friend turned me on to this method over 30 years ago and it has never failed to deliver a turkey that is moist with an abundance of juice for gravy.

Start with a thawed turkey, stuffed if you like. Place it in your roasting pan.  Drizzle well with olive oil (about 1/4 – 1/3 cup) and sprinkle with salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, and paprika or whatever spices you like.

Wrap With Tinfoil

Wrap tinfoil around roasting pan in one direction and then in the other direction. My friend’s method included the lid but after a few years, I started doing it without the lid, which was easier and it works just fine too.

Place your turkey in the oven at the lowest rung that allows air to move around if you have a convection oven or the lowest rung in a conventional oven.

Use High Heat

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  Cook for 15 minutes.

Then turn the heat down to 400.

Follow these times depending on the weight using the top time for stuffed birds.

12 – 14 pounds  2.5 to 2.75 hours

15 – 16 pounds 3.5 to 3.75 hours

18 – 20 pounds 3.75 to 4   hours

21 – 22 pounds 4.25 to 4.5 hours

23 – 24 pounds 4.5 to 4.75 hours

Take it out of the oven, peel back the foil. Marvel at the brown, crispy bird and the amount of juice sitting in the bottom of the pan.  Check the internal temperature using a thermometer. 165 degrees F indicates the bird is done. If you need slightly more time, cover and continue to roast, checking every 10 minutes. Let it rest for 10 minutes and then take it out and rest another 10 minutes while you start your gravy.

Sherry Kallergis
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Sherry loves creating and pulling together things, values her eclectic group of friends living fascinating lives around the globe, is an eloquent listener, can’t write worth a damn, but loves a great story and is a sponge soaking up new tips that will help make her (and your) life extraordinaire!