“Perfect Roast Turkey” for Your Thanksgiving Feast

“Perfect Roast Turkey” for Your Thanksgiving Feast

  • 17 Nov, 2017
  • Lydia Herrera
  • Parenting an ADD or ADHD Child, support for parents of ADD/ADHD children, Thanksgiving,

Everyone has the perfect roast turkey recipe.

But for ease, flavor and moistness, this one takes the cake!

Perfect Roast Turkey

Sue Gregg and Emily Barnes

The secret to this moist and flavorful turkey is long, slow cooking at a low temperature, and cooking breast side down, allowing the turkey juices to self-baste the turkey for tender, juicy meat.

Amount:          Allow ¾ to 1 lb. per serving for turkey under 12 lbs.                                                                                                                                                                                    Allow ½ to ¾ lb. per serving for turkey over 12 lbs.

Oven:   Preheat oven to 300 degrees                         Roast:  1 hour, uncovered

Oven:  180 to 185 degrees                                         roast:  45 to 60 minutes per lb.

  1. Wash turkey thoroughly, including cavities (remove neck and giblets) and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Salt cavities and stuff lightly with prepared dressing, if desired.
  3. Rub outside of turkey well with olive oil.
  4. Place turkey breast down on rack in roasting pan.
  5. Place meat thermometer in meaty portion of bird, not touching bone.
  6. Place in oven preheated to 300 degrees. This is very important in order to kill bacteria.  Roast 1 hour at 300 degrees.
  7. Reduce heat to 180 – 185 degrees; roast 45 to 60 minutes per lb.  Larger birds will require the longer cooking time per lb.)
  8. Roast until meat thermometer registers 190 degrees.

Note:  There is some concern about the safety of the dressing when roasting turkey at such a low temperature for long hours.  It is important that the internal temperature of the dressing be maintained at 165 degrees while remaining in the turkey.  If you have doubts about the safety of the dressing, prepare it separately.

Every year, I am reminded of how easy yet flavorful and moist my Thanksgiving turkey is.   My husband tells everyone about this recipe!

When you try this recipe, comment below and let me know what you think.

(Recipe taken from “Holiday Menus”  by Sue Gregg and Emily Barnes)


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