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How To Cook A Perfect Turkey

How To Cook A Perfect Turkey

Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving. This big bird can be made all year round. Follow VideoJug's recipe and make a perfect, delicious bird every time!

INGREDIENTS

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RECIPE

Serves
1
Prep =
30m
Cook =
4h
Total =
4h:30m
Temp =
200° c  -  390° f

Step 1: You will need

  • 6 kg turkey
  • 1 roasting rack
  • 1 roasting pan
  • aluminum foil
  • papper towels

Step 2: Pre-Heat

Pre-heat your oven to 400 F (200 C/Gas Mark 6).

Step 3: Pat Dry

Rinse the turkey thoroughly under cold water, then pat completely dry with paper towels. Make sure to dry the legs, wings and inside the cavity.

Step 4: Season

Rub butter all over the inside and outside of the turkey. The butter helps brown the turkey while roasting. Brush the turkey with a generous amount of olive oil. This will seal in the butter and keep the turkey moist. Finish by seasoning the turkey with plenty of salt and pepper. Many people tend to under-season with salt and pepper, but a lot of seasoning gets lost in the juices while baking.

Step 5: Cover And Bake

"Transfer the turkey onto a grilling rack in a large pan. Place the giblets around the bottom of the rack. Tent the turkey with the aluminum foil. Place the covered turkey in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, turn the oven down to 350 F (180 C/Gas Mark4) and bake for another two hours.

As a general rule, 20 minutes per pound (40 minutes per kilogram) is an appropriate cooking time"

Step 6: Golden Brown

Remove the aluminum foil after 2 hours and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the skin is a crispy golden brown. Leave the aluminum foil on if you prefer softer, moister skin.

Step 7: Serve

Let the turkey stand for 20 to 30 minutes before carving to allow the juices to permeate the meat. Carve, serve and enjoy!