The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey
Updated: Jan 14
"This Turkey recipe is nice and simple and will help you achieve brilliant results for your Christmas Turkey"
Ingredients for Turkey:
- 1 18 lb - 8,1kg whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
- ½ lb - 225 gr pancetta
- ½ cup - 115 g butter
- ground pepper and salt
How to make a Turkey
Remove the turkey from the fridge and allow to sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking.
Preheat oven to 356°F - 210°C
Brush the entire turkey with the melted butter and season well inside and out and cover with pancetta.
Place breast side down on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan.
Cover the entire tray with tin foil to keep moist.
Make sure the tin foil is tightly covering the turkey and roasting tray so that the turkey will steam.
Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes. Then, turn the oven down to 330°F - 170ºC and continue cooking for another 3-3½ hours or until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180° F (85°C).
For the last half hour of cooking remove tin foil from the turkey and peel off the bacon
Carefully turn the turkey breast side up about 2/3 through the roasting time, and brush with the remaining butter.
Turn the oven up to 390° - 200ºC and roast until the skin of the turkey is golden brown and crisp. Once roasted remove from the oven and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
Roasting Timetable for Turkey at 330°F - 170°C
These times are approximate and should always be used in conjunction with a properly placed thermometer.
8 to 12 pounds - 3,6 to 5,4kg 2 3/4 to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds - 5,4 to 6,3kg 3 to 3 3/4 hours
14 to 18 pounds - 6,3 to 8,1kg 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds - 8,1 to 9 kg 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds - 9 to 10,8kg 4 1/2 to 5 hours