Saturday, November 20

Simple Thanksgiving Turkey

I read all sorts of fancy cooking magazines that suggest some of the most beautiful but also complicated ways of cooking turkey.  My mom has never done any of these complicated techniques and her version turns out perfect every time - so here it is!

Cooks one 12 - 16lb turkey - preferably fresh from your local butcher shop - takes 4 - 5 hours

Pre-heat oven to 375.

Remove giblets and neck from turkey and reserve for Turkey Gravy.  Smear turkey with one stick of butter inside and out and season well with salt and poultry seasoning.  Criss-cross two slices of bacon on top of the breast.  Place in roasting pan and cover tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil.

After 1 1/2 hours remove turkey from oven and stuff with Mom and Peggy's Thanksgiving Dressing.  Turn heat down to 350 and recover turkey and stuffing with additional aluminum foil if needed.  Place back in oven for 3 more hours until done (check with meat thermometer).  Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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