PERFECT TURKEY IN AN ELECTRIC ROASTER OVEN RECIPE – FOOD.COM
Total time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours
Yield: 1 Turkey, 18 serving(s)
|1 whole turkey, thawed up to 20 lbs|
|1/4 cup olive oil or 1/4 cup butter|
|1 teaspoon seasoning salt|
|1 teaspoon poultry seasoning|
|1/2 teaspoon pepper|
- Take the insert pan out of the roaster and pre-heat the roaster to its highest setting. On mine it’s 450, but use 500 if your oven goes that high.
- Do not wash the turkey! The USDA says that washing it could cause a spread of salmonella poisoning. Sprinkle salt in the cavities. Stuff if desired. Don’t pre-stuff your turkey; mix and stuff ingredients immediately before roasting. Tossing in a few pieces of cut fruit or herbs is not considered ‘stuffing.’ Stuffing usually means filling up the cavity with about ¾ cup stuffing per pound of turkey.
- Rub the entire bird with olive oil or butter. Doctor up your bird with whatever special seasonings you wish. I always use poultry seasoning. Finish with a good sprinkle of seasoning salt and black pepper.
- I highly recommend using a wired thermometer so you can watch the temperature without lifting the lid. Your turkey will be done much earlier than the estimated cook time, so keep a sharp eye on that thermometer. If using a pop-up turkey plug type thermometer, those little pop-ups stick sometimes so you should really use two of them.
- Put the rack into the insert pan and make sure the handles are up, not tucked below. Put the bird in the insert pan on top of the rack. Don’t add water to the pan. Put the insert pan back into the roasting pan. If your roaster doesn’t have an insert pan, it’s ok – just be very careful putting the bird into that hot oven, you don’t want to burn your hands on the sides of the oven! Cover.
- Roast at highest setting for 30 minutes. The butter/oil, seasonings and the searing time will make the skin beautifully browned and perfect!
- After 30 minutes, turn the oven temperature down to 325.
- The turkey will self-baste if you do not lift the lid, so you don’t have to baste it every 20 minutes like you do in your conventional oven. DO NOT LIFT LID during cooking time! Lifting the lid will increase cooking time because roaster ovens lose their heat unlike regular ovens. I’ve read that roaster ovens effectively ‘steam’ the turkey making the meat come out — well, steamed. This is not true as you will find out. Similar to the roasted chickens you can get at your supermarket, the bird will come out moist and perfectly roasted. Why do you think they call it a Roaster Oven?.
- Figure your total cooking time from the time you first put the bird in the roaster. The Butterball website has a great calculator:.
- FINAL TEMPERATURE FOR SAFETY AND DONENESS IS: 180 DEGREES IN THIGH AND 165 DEGREES IN BREAST AND STUFFING. Juices should be clear, not pink.
- Check your turkey EARLY. Really start watching the temp an hour before it’s supposed to be done. Your turkey will almost certainly be done before the suggested cooking time. Watch your wired meat thermometer. If using a pop-up turkey plug type thermometer, check by lifting the lid quickly so the oven doesn’t lose its heat. If necessary, check after another 30 minutes, but I doubt you’ll have to do that. I say check after 30 minutes because it’s really OK to let the bird roast a little extra – you won’t dry it out using my method if you let it go for 1/2 hour.
- When done, remove the turkey from the roaster, tent with foil, and let rest for 20 minutes. This allows the juices to really seep into the meat, so they say.
- If you try this method, please let us know your results!
- Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Calories 482.9, FatContent 25.9, SaturatedFatContent 6.9, CholesterolContent 193.8, SodiumContent 185.3, CarbohydrateContent 0.1, FiberContent 0, SugarContent 0, ProteinContent 58.2
A SIMPLY PERFECT ROAST TURKEY RECIPE | ALLRECIPES
Provided by: Syd
Categories: Roast Turkey
Total time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours 0 minutes
|1 (18 pound) whole turkey|
|8 cups prepared stuffing|
|½ cup unsalted butter, softened|
|salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste|
|1 ½ quarts turkey stock, divided|
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place a rack in the lowest position of the oven.
- Remove turkey neck and giblets. Rinse turkey and pat dry with paper towels.
- Place turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Loosely fill turkey cavity with stuffing. Rub skin with butter, then season with salt and pepper.
- Pour 2 cups of turkey stock into the roasting pan. Loosely tent turkey with aluminum foil.
- Roast turkey for 2 1/2 hours, basting with pan juices every 30 minutes. When drippings evaporate, add remaining stock to the pan, 1 to 2 cups at a time.
- Remove foil and continue roasting until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), about 1 1/2 hours more.
- Transfer turkey to a large serving platter. Let stand for 20 to 30 minutes before carving.
Calories 662.6 calories, CarbohydrateContent 13.7 g, CholesterolContent 211.4 mg, FatContent 33.8 g, FiberContent 0.9 g, ProteinContent 72.2 g, SaturatedFatContent 10.4 g, SodiumContent 709.5 mg, SugarContent 2 g
HOLIDAY ROASTED TURKEY | JUST A PINCH RECIPES
Grandma had a roaster that was one of her most prized possessions, at least in the kitchen. She used it rarely but always for Christmas and Easter turkeys.
The turkey was moist and beautifully browned. It was always filled with home made stuffing and the hit of our holiday dinners.
Provided by: Kathie Carr @kathiecc
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours 30 minutes
|1 – 15 pound turkey|
|1-2 teaspoon(s) salt|
|1 teaspoon(s) pepper|
|1 stick(s) melted butter|
|1 large onion, chopped|
|– enough water to fill roaster 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep|
|– roaster pan drippings|
|1/4 cup(s) cornstarch|
|– just enough water to dissolve cornstarch|
|– salt, pepper, poultry seasoning to taste|
- Defrost turkey in refrigerator. This takes a couple of days.
Remove the neck and giblets (heart, gizzard, liver). You can save these and use the heart and gizzard for making stock for the stuffing. The neck can be cooked along side the turkey or saved for turkey soup. Or all of the giblets can be used for making giblet gravy.
Preheat the roaster oven to 400 degrees.
Wash out the turkey with water. Pull out any remaining feather stubs in the turkey skin. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
- Fill body cavity with stuffing. Grandma used home made but you can also use a packaged mix. Close up the turkey cavity with either string (not nylon string!) or metal skewers. Make sure that the turkey’s legs are tied together, held close to the body, and tie a string around the turkey body to hold the wings in close. The neck cavity can also be stuffed and tied closed with thin skewers and string. Rub melted butter all over the outside of the turkey. Sprinkle salt generously all over the outside of the turkey Sprinkle pepper over the turkey. Place turkey up on the rack of the roaster.
- For the 15 lb turkey, start the cooking at 400 degrees for the first 1/2 hour. Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees for the next 3 hours. Start taking temperature readings with a meat thermometer, inserted deep into the thickest part of the turkey breast and thigh, an hour before the turkey should be done. You want a resulting temperature of 175 degrees for the dark meat (thighs and legs) and 165 degrees for the white meat (breast).
Once you remove the turkey from the oven, let it rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.
- MAKING TURKEY GRAVY
Scrape all the drippings off of the bottom of the roasting pan. Pour drippings into a smaller skillet. Ladle off excess fat. In a separate small bowl take a quarter cup of corn starch and add just enough water to dissolve the corn starch. Beat cornstarch with a spoon to remove lumps. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the drippings, stirring constantly. You may not end up using all of the cornstarch mixture. Only add as much as you need to get the desired thickness. Allow time for the cornstarch to thicken the gravy. Add salt, pepper, sage, thyme, or other seasonings to taste.
HOW TO COOK A TURKEY: THE SIMPLEST, EASIEST METHOD | KITCHN
Provided by: Emma Christensen
Categories: Main dish,Dinner,Poultry dish
Total time: 15600S
Prep time: 1200S
Cook time: 14400S
|1 whole turkey, any size, thawed if frozen|
|2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, vegetable broth, water, or other liquid|
|2 sticks (1 cup) melted unsalted butter or oil, for basting (optional)|
- Prepare the turkey for roasting. Thirty minutes to an hour before roasting, take the turkey out of the refrigerator. Remove any packaging and the bag of giblets (check in the body cavity and in the neck cavity). Set the turkey breast-side up on the roasting rack set in a roasting pan and let it sit while the oven preheats. This takes the chill off the meat, which helps the meat cook faster and more evenly. It also gives the skin time to dry out, which promotes browning and crisping. (Note: Your turkey will likely still feel cool to the touch after sitting at room temperature — that's fine and you can continue on with roasting.)
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Position an oven rack in the bottom third of your oven, remove any racks above it, and heat the oven to 450°F. If you brined your turkey, as we did, no need to do anything now. If your turkey is straight out of the package, rub it with some salt and pepper before putting it in the oven. We recommend leaving your turkey un-stuffed and un-trussed, both because it's easier and because the turkey will cook more evenly.
- Add liquid to the roasting pan. When ready to roast, pour the broth or water into the roasting pan.
- Place the turkey in the oven and turn down the heat. Place the turkey in the oven and turn down the heat to 350°F. We recommend roasting turkeys breast-side up. Some people like starting the turkey breast-side down to shield the breast meat, but the idea of flipping a hot, sputtering turkey is not our idea of a good time. Instead, we prefer to simply shield the breast meat with aluminum foil toward the end of cooking if it starts getting too browned.
- Roast the turkey. The rule of thumb for cooking a turkey is 13 minutes per pound. So our 16-pound turkey was estimated to cook in about 3 1/2 hours. However, some factors like brining the bird, cooking with an empty (un-stuffed) cavity, and leaving the legs un-trussed will contribute to much faster cooking. Plan on the 13-minute-per-pound rule, but start checking the temperature of your turkey about halfway through the scheduled cooking time to gauge how fast it's cooking.
- Baste the turkey every 45 minutes. Every 45 minutes, remove the turkey from the oven, close the oven door (don't let that heat out!), and baste the turkey all over. To baste, tilt the pan if needed and use a turkey baster or spoon to scoop up the pan liquids and drizzle them on top of the turkey. Basting with pan juices cools the surface of the turkey and slows down cooking, which in turn keeps the breast meat cooking at close to the same rate as the legs and thighs. In the last 45 minutes or so of cooking, you can also baste the turkey with melted butter or oil. This helps crisp up the skin and turn it a beautiful deep golden brown.
- Check the turkey's temperature. Begin checking the turkey's temperature about halfway through the estimated cooking time. Check the temperature in three places: the breast, outer thigh, and inside thigh (see photos above). In every case, the meat should be at least 165°F when the turkey has finished cooking. If any place is under that temperature, put the turkey back in the oven for another 20 minutes. Shield the breast meat with foil if needed to keep it from overcooking.
- Rest the turkey before carving. Remove the turkey from the oven. Grab one side of the roasting rack with an oven mitt and tilt the whole pan so the liquids inside the turkey cavity run out into the pan. (These juices are used to make the gravy.) Then, lift the whole turkey (still on the rack) and transfer it to a clean cutting board. Tent the turkey loosely with aluminum foil and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. This gives time for the meat to firm up and the juices to be re-absorbed into the muscle tissue, making the turkey easier to slice and taste juicier.
- Carve the turkey. Carve the turkey the same way you would carve a chicken; see the video above for a walk-through of the process. Remove the wings first, then the thighs, then the breast meat. Once you have the meat off, you can separate the thighs into thighs and drumsticks and carve the breast meat into individual slices.
- Don't forget about the leftovers. One final note! Once you've sat down at the table, don't forget about the turkey back on the counter. The leftover meat needs to be refrigerated within two hours of cooking, after which the risk of something nasty taking up residence starts to increase exponentially. Be safe!
SaturatedFatContent 7.9 g, UnsaturatedFatContent 0.0 g, CarbohydrateContent 0.3 g, SugarContent 0.2 g, ServingSize Serves 24, ProteinContent 45.2 g, FatContent 19.4 g, Calories 365 cal, SodiumContent 235.3 mg, FiberContent 0 g, CholesterolContent 0 mg