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Scrumptious Upside Down Turkey ~ Best Easy Recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Anytime

Updated on October 26, 2016

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Turkey Preparation

What will follow is a recipe of how to prepare a turkey in an upside down manner of cooking.


Are you getting ready to prepare a turkey for a Thanksgiving Day meal, Christmas or other occasion?

Are you fretting about how to present it to your family or company?

Will it be moist, succulent and delicious or too dry?

Do you only have one oven space and are wondering how you can accomplish roasting the turkey and also preparing other foods that could also use some oven time?

If some of these questions or others strike close to home...I may just have the answer for you!
This post will also intersperse videos showcasing other methods of cooking and dealing with turkeys including such things as brining and even carving.

Do you like eating turkey just for special occasions or year round?

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How to debone a turkey leg

How to prepare & roast a turkey in a traditional manner

Thanksgiving Day

For many years we hosted fairly large sized groups of friends in our home for the Thanksgiving Day meal.

Back during that time, the home in which we lived only had one oven.

Obviously this would have been a big problem were it not for stumbling upon a new way of taking care of preparing the turkey ahead of time.

Once we discovered this recipe, we have never returned to the old way of roasting one.

One caveat...

Preparing it in the following manner, you will not have a golden glowing plump breasted bird being carved table-side for everyone to admire and drool over in anticipation of eating.

But then you will also not have to fret over the moisture content of the turkey, nor the problem of juggling oven timing.

Most of your work will be done ahead of time!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!

Health benefits of turkey

First a little primer on the health benefits of consuming turkey...

Turkey is not just for holidays anymore!

People have discovered the health benefits attached to eating turkey. It is available year round in various forms and can be substituted for higher calorie or higher cholesterol containing meats in many recipes.

It is not only a good source of protein but is also a good source of selenium, tryptophan, niacin, vitamin B6 and phosphorus among other things.

Sampling of turkey photos at my great aunt and uncle's farm in North Dakota in the early 1900's.

Feeding the turkeys
Feeding the turkeys | Source
Turkeys and more turkeys!
Turkeys and more turkeys! | Source

Wish to know how to carve a turkey? Look here...

Upside Down Turkey Recipe

If purchasing a frozen turkey, make sure that you have allowed enough time for it to have thawed in the refrigerator ahead of time.

Thoroughly wash the bird, inside and out. We do this in a clean sink and then rewash the sink afterwards. By-the-way, the latest theory about washing any kind of poultry is NOT to do it because it can spread pathogens. Cooking the poultry thoroughly should eliminate that problem. Be sure and wash your hands, sinks, countertops and any utensils that have touched raw poultry well after touching.

Salt and pepper the bird inside and out. Add other herbs and spices if you like. We generally add some garlic powder or garlic salt and fresh sage leaves.

Stuff anything you like by way of flavoring the bird while cooking. What we like is to add onions, carrots and celery...but literally anything that will add some flavor is a plus. This can be placed inside the cavities as well as along-side the turkey in the pan.

Now locate a large baking utensil that will hold the turkey that also has a tight cover. We have a large covered roasting pan that got passed down to us from my grandmother.

Spray the pan with Pam or other non-stick coating medium to keep the turkey from sticking to the side of the pan.

Place the turkey breast side down in the pan with all the other vegetables that will be used to flavor the bird.

Place in a pre-heated 275 degree Fahrenheit oven and cook 20 minutes per pound.

That's it!

The turkey will draw lots of juices when done in this manner.

After taking it out of the pan, what we used to do if the turkey was being prepared well in advance, was to slice off the large pieces of meat keeping most of it intact. Discard the skin.

We cool the juices, removing the vegetables that have been used to add flavor, and remove the fat. The turkey pieces can then be stored in the juices until ready to slice and use. We have even frozen the cooked turkey in this manner in freezer bags for later use.

Naturally the juices can be used to make gravy if desired.

I generally make soup as a project the second day after defatting the stock. I roast the remaining turkey bones and add the veggies that were used in flavoring the meat adding other ingredients as desired.

When turkeys are low priced as they are most every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, we like to put one or more into our freezer for use in making soups and other recipes later in the year.

This method of cooking the turkey has served us well in the past and will do so again long into the future.

Hope that this gives you an idea of how you, too, can prepare an upside down turkey for Thanksgiving meals or anytime for that matter. Let me know if you tried and liked this easiest of recipes. You may never again go back to the traditional way of roasting a turkey!

Now for some fun...Shih Tzu doggies enjoying Thanksgiving!

To see more of these cute doggies go to this hub:
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Shih Tzu doggies enjoying Thanksgiving
Shih Tzu doggies enjoying Thanksgiving | Source

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Comments are welcomed. Hope to hear from you!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Thanks for the pin. If you ever prepare your turkey in this manner you will be tempted to do it again and again. It is always moist and good.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Have to pin this one in my recipe board.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi 2patricias,

      I think that your readers will be pleased when and if they try this method of roasting a turkey in an upside down manner...particularly if they are preparing the turkey ahead of time such as we have done for many years. Thanks for the share.

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Great story behind the recipe. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

      I am adding it to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie Lynnley,

      Our local HEB grocery store has a special this week that if you purchase a spiral sliced ham you get a free 12# turkey or the equivalent price taken off of a larger bird. I'll be getting one. I make split pea and lentil soups using part of the ham...and one of the soups gets the ham bone. I freeze the other portions of ham so we get lots of use out of the ham. Then there is the turkey! Will be one of many I hope to get during this season when they are discounted. Many uses for that in the months to come. Frozen turkeys keep a long time. Many upside down turkeys will be in the making! It was fun hearing about your Dad. Thanks for your comment.

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