Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Turkey

If you don’t own a big roasting pan just buy a big tin foil tub for the turkey.

1 Reynolds Oven Bag, TURKEY SIZE
1 Tablespoon flour
12 to 24 pound turkey, thawed
Vegetable oil or butter

PREHEAT oven to 350° F

Shake flour in oven bag; place in roasting pan at least 2 inches deep
Remove neck (located in the back of the turkey), and giblets (located in front of the turkey...where the head would be) from turkey.
Rinse turkey; pat dry. Lightly stuff with your favorite stuffing recipe, if desired. Brush turkey with oil. Sprinkle the turkey with paprika for more even browning!
Place turkey in oven bag, you may need some help to do this.
Close oven bag with nylon tie; cut six ½ inch slits in top. Insert meat thermometer* through slit in bag into thickest part of inner thigh, not touching bone. Tuck ends of bag in pan.

Bake 2 to 2 ½ hrs for a 12 to16 lb turkey.
2 ½ to 3 hrs for a 16 to 20 lb. turkey.
3 to 3 ½ hrs for a 20 to 24 lb. turkey.

Or until meat thermometer reads 180° F. Add ½ hr to stuffed turkey. Let stand in oven bag for 15 min. If turkey sticks to bag, gently loosen bag from turkey before opening bag.

* you may want to buy a turkey that comes with a pop up thermometer.
Makes 12 to 32 servings.

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