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How to Roast a Turkey - 10 Easy Steps

Updated on October 15, 2014
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Roasting a Turkey
Roasting a Turkey | Source

Getting that magazine cover result~

Impressive! No sweat and nothing fancy here, just a solid very straight forward procedure on how to get that moist and tender roasted turkey. However, unlike regular roasting, I use herb and lemon infused oil to brush the skin resulting into that magazine cover crispy brown skin. I’ve been doing this every year for ThanksGiving and Christmas and my family (and friends) love it.

5 stars for Herb Infused Roasted Turkey

Ingredients


I – For Oil Infusion

  • Few sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 lemon (diced)
  • Gloves garlic
  • Vegetable oil

II – For Stuffing

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 package dry bread stuffing mix
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 4 slices toasted white bread – cut into small pieces.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

III – Turkey

  • 12 pounds whole turkey

Directions for oil infusion

1. Prepare oil infusion ahead of time, a day is good or at least 6 hours. Combine all ingredients for oil in a small saucepan and heat over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let it stand for several hours. Strain oil and set aside for later use.

Turkey on the process
Turkey on the process | Source
Turkey getting ready
Turkey getting ready | Source

Preparing the turkey~

1. Rinse turkey with cold water and pat dry with paper towels, while preheating oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Remove giblets and put separately in a roasting pan.

3. Prepare stuffing and mix in water, according to direction.

4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Slowly cook and stir the celery and onion until tender.

5. Mix celery, onion, and toasted bread pieces into the stuffing. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Scoop stuffing into the turkey body and neck cavity.

7. Rub the entire skin of the turkey with vegetable oil infused with sprigs of fresh rosemary.

8. Loosely cover turkey with aluminum foil. Place on rack in a large roasting pan.

9. Roast 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F (85 degrees C) and the interior of the stuffing reaches 165 degrees F (70 degrees C).

10. To keep the skin brown and crispy, remove foil during the last half hour of cooking.


Let the turkey rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Turkey roasting chart:

Serving
Weight
Stuffed
Unstuffed
4 to 6
10 - 12 lb (4.5 - 5.5 kg)
3-1/2 - 3-3/4 hours
3 - 3-1/4 hours
 
 
 
 
8 to 10
12 - 16 lb (5.5 - 7 kg)
3-3/4 - 4 hours
3-1/4 - 3-1/2 hours
12 to 16
16 - 22 lb (7 - 10 kg)
4 - 4-1/2
3-1/2 - 4 hours
Note: Cooking times are for planning purposes only – using a meat thermometer to determine doneness is always recommended.

Quick tips on stuffing the turkey:

  • Never stuff your turkey ahead of time. Stuffing should only be done when the turkey is ready to go into the oven, to avoid giving bacteria the chance to spread out. Remember that bacteria has the ability to produce toxins quickly, which are not destroyed by heat and can make you sick.
  • Don't pack your turkey with stuffing. It should be spooned lightly into the turkey's body cavity and neck cavity.
  • If the stuffing is too tightly packed, the interior of the turkey won't get hot enough. Remember that It must reach 165 degrees F to ensure that its' interior is fully cooked.
  • Also, keep in mind that stuffing does expand as it absorbs moisture from the turkey, so it's best to just lightly fill the turkey for best results.

Turkey Nutrional Fact: (Source: USDA Nutrient Data)

Meat Type
Calories
Total Fat (Grams)
Protein
Breast with skin
194
8
29
Breast w/o skin
161
4
30
Wing with skin
238
13
27
Leg with skin
213
11
28
Dark meat with skin
232
13
27
Dark meat w/o skin
192
8
28
Skin only
482
44
19
Fat Bastard for roasted turkey
Fat Bastard for roasted turkey | Source

Suggested Wine Pairing:


For poultry, traditionally it should be white. However, no one says we can’t break the tradition. So, why not try out young, cherry-cranberry flavored pinot noir from Oregon or Burgundy. Let breathe in a decanter one hour. Then sniff and sip.

P.S. Actually, even Fat Bastard will do! Just don't start drinking while preparing the turkey. Enjoy!


What to do with turkey left over?

  1. Turkey Soup - sautee' garlic, onion and tomato with little oil, add water and put the left over turkey, including bones to make a broth, add mixed vegetables. Put salt and pepper according to taste for a hearty turkey soup. This can be kept in freezer for a week or maybe more.
  2. Caesar salad - instead of chicken, top your caesar salad with the left over turkey and top with a Caesar dressing. Bacon optional.
  3. Turkey omelet - whip up your omelet with green or red bell pepper, mushrooms and load the middle with turkey. Add some cheese of choice.
  4. Burrito - warm some tortillas and fold up turkey, beans, rice and some cheese. Top with sour cream and salsa.
  5. Stuffed potato - bake a potato, stuff with lots of shredded cheese and turkey. Return to the oven until bubbling.

After Turkey dessert
After Turkey dessert | Source

Copyright@CrisSp~TM /10.2012. Fearless but not Heartless!

Happy Thanksgiving!

May your stuffing be tasty. May your turkey plum. May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize, and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs!

© 2012 CrisSp

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Rolly! Thank you so much for coming back here. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving week. It's been very hectic for me but all is well. Blessings back at you my dear friend.

      Love from the sky~

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Miss CrisSp ... I love this read and have placed it into my bookmarks folder as a must try. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours my friend... may it be filled with many blessings and all the love you can handle... we all love you dearly...

      Hugs and Love from Alberta

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Richie. I'm glad you like it.

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      Richie Mogwai 5 years ago from Vancouver

      amazing pictures of actually doing it, wow. I will definitely Pin this article.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Cogerson! Our Canadian Thanksgiving is actually today, the big bird was on the table yesterday and I'm happy that there's not much left over for me to deal with. Lol!

      Happiness always!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for coming by NornsMercy. Goodluck in your new kitchen adventure with the turkey. Let me know how it works for you.

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Excellent and useful hub....and one that I am bookmarking for Thanksgiving...which is only 6 weeks away. Just found out that Thanksgiving dinner is at our house so I will be needed lots of advice...voted up and useful.....like all the photos you included...keep up the good work.

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      Chace 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Yayyyyyy! I never know what to do with the leftover turkey besides turkey sandwiches. This helps me a lot since I'm only a fledgling in the kitchen! I'm totally gonna try to bake a turkey next month. :)

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thanks ignugent17!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Looks so good . Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

      Have a nice day! :-)

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Janhorner! Nice to see you here. Indeed, this is a great start for first timer but I'm sure will be good as well for those who haven't tried the herb oil infusion. Thanks for the compliment.

      Peace and love to you.

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      Great advice and just i time for Christmas; especially new wives if their first Christmas dinner party. Will be trying a few of your ideas myself. Voted up,

      Jan

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ha..ha...ha...shiningirisheyes, here's some serviet for you. Kidding aside, thank you for coming by.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Cheers to you for a wonderful and mouthwatering recipe! You are making me drool!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thanks coffee! I've seen that Mr. bean on the tube before. So funny, though I'm not a big fan of him. So, I guess no turkey for you guys this Thanksgiving, eh? Maybe, ham will do? Anyway, have a great long weekend yah'all. Enjoy your Canadian Thanksgiving!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Nice and easy to follow Turkey hub, Cris, but you know me...I'd be too scared to even come near a whole fresh turkey, what more poking it!

      No stolen drinks of wine before the turkey is even cooked, a wise thought or one might end up like Mr. Bean though he wasn't drinking -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r1akLZkVe4

      However, I love the desserts!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      My pleasure KDuBarry03. Thanks for stopping by. Nice to meet you. Please come back again.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Very easy to follow . Thank you for your great ideas, CrisSp!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello Carol! Nice to see you again. Thanks for dropping by and voting up. Have a lovely weekend!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Amen to that Faith. Thanks again. Have a beautiful Friday! Love from the sky~

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      This makes it simple and I like following steps. Great ideas and voting up...

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      This would be great to share, as the day we give thanks will be upon us soon. Although, we should always give thanks each and every day. Sharing! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      No, thank you Mhatter for dropping by. I hope the quick steps and some tips help. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Faith. I'll admit, I'm no kitchen Queen but this recipe is tried and tested. So, I'm confident to share it with the world. Enjoy your fall season!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this great walk through. I think you made this very easy.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      My, my CrisSp dear!!!

      What a very detailed and informative hub here of how to get that perfectly tender and juicy turkey, just in time, as it will upon us so very soon. This hub is fantastic dear one. You are just great! Thanks for sharing your recipe for the perfect turkey. I am saving this for future reference. I have roasted many-a-turkey, but not all came out great, but most of the time. Also, loved your leftover ideas. Marvelous. Voted Way Up God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper