Thursday, November 22, 2012

Harry's simple turkey recipe (repost)

I repost this every year, mostly for my own reference. The important part for me is the temperature and roasting time for the turkey. -vh

(Based on Thanksgiving 2008)

12 lb. Turkey at 325 degs. for 3.5 hours

Wash turkey, clean cavity with salt. Stuff cavity with apples and onions. Add a cup of water to bottom of roasting pan. Use a pan that will keep the turkey raised.

Baste with mixture of melted butter, basil, and white wine, then cover turkey with aluminum foil for first 2 hours. Brown for last 1 ½ hours.

Baste every 20 mins. Use fresh mixture for first hour, then continue to baste with drippings from pan. Add water if needed.

Basting Mixture: Melt ¼ lb of butter and add dried basil flakes and a couple dashes of dry white wine.

Substitute freely. Adjust cooking times for size of turkey approximately 20 min. per lb.

The rest:
  • Dice giblets, brown in butter and add to two jars of Heinz turkey gravy. Stir in drippings from pan and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Stove Top Turkey Dressing (follow directions on box)
  • Instant mashed potatoes (ditto)
  • Wrap sweet potatoes in aluminum foil and place on rack with turkey for last 1 ½ hours.
  • Get someone else to make the green beans.

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