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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 

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Easy Thanksgiving Craft: Thankful Turkey Hats

Easy Thanksgiving Craft: Thankful Turkey Hats

Easy Thanksgiving Craft

Thanksgiving is only 3 days away! If you are looking for an easy and cute last minute Easy Thanksgiving Craft then I have the perfect craft for you! This year we are hosting Thanksgiving at our home this year and my daughter wanted to do something special for all of our guests and she came up with this craft all by herself! (She is 6). So we headed to the craft store and grabbed the supplies to make Thankful Turkey Hats! Want to check out how easy they are to make?Continue reading

August 12, 2014

ALDI Meals: Turkey and Havarti Cheese with Apples Sandwich Recipe + $25 ALDI Flash Giveaway

Create easy to make lunches with Aldi Meals

Turkey and Havarti Cheese

with Apples Sandwich Recipe

With $25 ALDI Gift Certificate Flash Giveaway Today 8/12/14! See below

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If you are looking for a great sandwich recipe that is a little different than your plain turkey and cheddar, then you have to try my Turkey and Havarti Cheese with Apple Sandwich recipe featuring ingredients from Aldi’s! Aldi’s offers great fresh ingredients at a wonderful price, and this recipe is only $1.95 a serving! Perfect for a family on a budget right!?Continue reading

August 3, 2014

Ranch Turkey Pinwheels Recipe

Ranch Turkey Pinwheels Recipe

Ranch Turkey Pinwheels Recipe

Happy Sunday everyone! Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite easy lunches to make for my family! These Ranch Turkey Pinwheels are super easy to make, a hit with everyone in the family, and pretty healthy for you! You only need a few ingredients and about 10 minutes of time to make this tasty lunch, and with school ending soon (only 3 more days for us!) you are going to want some easy lunch ideas for the kids right!?Continue reading

Turkey Salad

Turkey salad is a great way to serve Thanksgiving leftovers!

turkey salad

Pair this Turkey salad with chips, crackers or put on a bed of lettuce for a quick and easy entree.

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Variations:  We added Southern caviar dressing- which is a mixture of Italian dressing and Rotel tomatoes.  Some of our family just ate the turkey salad plain with a spoon or scooped in a celery stick (gluten free!:)).  Other family members put the turkey salad on herbed baquettes. Wild Turkey would also work well in this recipe!

Check out our other Turkey Leftovers Recipes

For other gluten free recipes and ideas  see this: Gluten free dressing, Thanksgiving tips, or make this delicious upside down Lemon pie.

Whether enjoying the turkey salad gluten free or with baquettes be glad for a different presentation for your leftovers!