Making that first turkey for thanksgiving? Panicking? Don’t know what to do? Never fear I am here!
On Monday morning I took out my turkey to begin thawing it in the refrigerator. It’s that time of the year. Time for me to get my cooking apron on. I absolutely love thanksgiving and the fact that I cook the turkey every year is one of my favorite parts. Cooking a turkey is one of the easiest things to roast. Make sure you have a good roasting pan. That is exactly what my roasting pan looks like. It’s about 40 years old. Was my mom’s and look how inexpensive it is even today. It makes an amazing turkey.
On Thanksgiving day, I get up around 6 am and unpack the turkey, rub spices on it (I usually use poultry seasoning and a little butter). Then I put a cut up onion and celery in the cavity for flavoring. Put the turkey in the roasting pan, breast side down (so all the juices stay in the breast and keep it moist) add a cup of water to the bottom of the pan and put the lid on. If your turkey is too big put a piece of aluminum foil on the turkey where it will touch the lid and let the lid sit on the turkey. Or if the lid will not fit at all (or you don’t have a roasting pan) then put a tent of foil over it so that the bird stays moist. I leave it cooking on 350* until 11 am or when the temperature thing pops out (real technical speaking, no?). The last 20 minutes I take the lid off and let the oven finish roasting the outside of the bird. It makes one of the most beautiful birds you will ever see. I do not do anything to the legs (don’t understand the whole trussing thing honestly).
It will be a moist delicious turkey each and every time. Try it and let me know how you liked it. I prefer this type of turkey to the fried, rotisseried, or any other kind of turkey. This turkey will be so moist and yummy you will be so proud of yourself for making your first turkey! It really is so easy…and it’s a good thing!