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How to Cook a Turkey

How to Cook a Turkey

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I was scared to cook a turkey. It always looked so hard.  I always remembered people looking like they have run a race after cooking this beast. One year, I jumped in and decided I would figure it out. I hope my post how you cook a turkey will help even the newest cook roast a delicious turkey.

Ingredients:

Turkey

Chicken Brooth

1 stick of Butter

Salt and Pepper

Olive oil

Herbs (You can use rosemary) I cheat and use Herbes De Provence (it sounds fancy and tastes great)

roasting pan

foil

This is how you cook a turkey.

1) If your turkey is frozen, you will need to thaw it in the refrigerator DAYS before Thanksgiving. If you have screwed up and didn’t do this, you can put it in cold water to thaw.  Make sure you keep changing the water until it is thawed. I hope you didn’t have plans as this will take a while.

2) You will actually need to wash the turkey.  Just use water.  Do NOT use soap.

3) Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. I can imagine my husband grabbing a dish towel so I am being specific.

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Prepping and Seasoning the Turkey

4) First things first, take out everything that is in the turkey. It most likely has stuff in there. This stuff will be used in your gravy.

5) Be sure to cut a little piece of skin to allow for room for your hand to go under the skin.  Make a little clip up near the neck area and on the bottom.

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6) Divide the butter in half and place one half in a measuring cup for later.   Cut the second half into thin squares.

7) Place the thin slices of butter under the skin of the turkey.

8) Now place the turkey in a roaster pan.

9) Brush the outside of the turkey with olive oil

10) Sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on the outside of the turkey.

11) To finish seasoning the turkey, sprinkle on the herb of your choice. I used Herbes De Provence

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12) Place 1 cup of chicken broth at the bottom of your turkey roasting pan

13) If you like, you can place the turkey in a roasting bag.  I don’t do this though it does make clean up easier.  I just buy a foil roasting pan which can be tossed after the meal.

Cooking the Turkey

14) Turn your oven to 400 degrees.  Once the oven has reached 400 degrees, place the turkey in the oven with foil over the turkey for 60 minutes.

15) After 60 minutes, turn the temperature down to 325 degree for the remaining cooking time

16) I set my microwave timer to go off every 30 minutes so I can go over and pour the liquid at the bottom of the pan over the turkey. This is called basting.

17) Thirty minutes before the bird should be done, remove the foil.

18) Check the turkey often to see that it reaches 180 degrees.  Be sure to do this in the fattest part of the bird.

19) You can crisp the skin by melting the remaining half of the butter and painting it on the skin of the turkey.

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20) Once the turkey reaches 180 degrees, turn the oven to BROIL for about 3 minutes while watching carefully to make sure you do not burn the turkey.

21) Place foil lightly over the top and let the turkey rest before serving.

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22) Finally, put your perfectly cooked bird on a serving platter.  Don’t forget to throw flour on your forehead and pretend this was VERY hard.

How Long to Cook a Turkey

• 12-pound turkey: 3 to 4 hours at 325 degrees

• 15-pound turkey: 4 to 4 ½ hours at 325 degrees

• 18-pound turkey: 4 ½ to 5 hours at 325 degrees

• 20-pound turkey: 5 to 6 hours at 325 degrees

I came up with some awesome ways to use leftovers.. Turkey Leftovers 

14.7ft Thanksgiving Decorations Lighted Fall Garland

Set of 6 Turkey Tea Light Candleholders

Evergreen Adorned Turkey Burlap Door Decor

Thanksgiving Day Colorful Turkey and Banner kit

Gold Dot Disposable Paper Plates and Cups Set For 50

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Mealthy MultiPot 9-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6 Quarts

Turkey Roaster – The Original Upside Down Turkey Dunrite Stainless Steel Cooker

Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-less Liquid Propane Turkey Fryer

Oster Roaster Oven with Self-Basting Lid, 22-Quart, Stainless Steel

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

Homemade Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

gluten free pumpkin cheesecake

Fall is in the air. I know this because later on today I get to go sit outside for a soccer game. In the rain. When it’s 59 degrees. Doesn’t that sound fun? The things we do for our children right? Anyways, now that fall is here, it’s time to start enjoying the flavors of fall. And for me, that means pumpkin. Oh yes, I am a pumpkin spice latte kind of girl. I also love pumpkin pie! So when I was asked to make a something for friend who happens to be gluten free I had an idea for a perfect recipe. Fun fact, did you know you can buy gluten free graham crackers?  It’s true! And they make the perfect homemade crust for my Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe! Would you like to learn how to make it? Sweet!

Here is how you make my Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe:

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Instant Pot Baked Apples Recipe

Instant Pot Baked Apples Recipe

Want an easy but yummy dessert? Try my instant pot baked apples recipe, best with ice cream on top

Ever just get that craving for something sweet late at night but you don’t want to spend the time making something (or eat so many calories late at night)? Me too! Some of you know that I love my Instapot, mostly for easy weeknight dinners, but as I have recently discovered it’s easy to make super awesome desserts in it too! My little family loves all things apples. Applesauce, apple slices, apple pie, all of it. So naturally I had to try out some Instant Pot Baked Apples! It’s the easy and fast way to make baked apples, and man-oh-man are they tasty. The best part? It takes 8 minutes to make 6 of them. (Yes, really). Continue reading

Gluten Free Vanilla Crazy Cake Recipe

Gluten Free Vanilla Crazy Cake Recipe

Gluten Free Vanilla Crazy Cake Recipe

My family loves cake, who doesn’t right? But recently we’ve been trying to eat gluten free so I have to find a way for all of us to still enjoy cake. This Gluten Free Vanilla Crazy Cake Recipe is heaven’s gift to my cake problems. It’s so delicious and very easy to make, you can make this for birthdays, special occasions or to just make the day special. I promise kids won’t even notice the difference and they’ll love this.

Here’s how to make this Gluten Free Vanilla Crazy Cake Recipe:

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Fall Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Fall Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Warm up with a bowl of fall butternut squash soup

I usually cook a Rachel Ray’s recipe but I had to take a break.  Why? Well, My friend posted her amazing soup recipe on Facebook. I asked if I could share it with you. This is the best soup I have ever had using squash and it freezes well.

Cathy’s Fall Butternut Squash Soup

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