Cook time: 2 Hr Prep time: 10 Min
1 thawed, whole turkey (from 10 – 24 pounds)
2 Tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
1 to 3 tsp coarsely ground salt (kosher or sea)
freshly ground pepper
1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 475 degrees F (240-250 degrees C). This is what you’ll roast it at for the ENTIRE time. Since this employs the use of a VERY hot oven, make sure your oven is CLEAN before you start, AND put about 1 inch of water in the bottom of the roasting pan to reduce the risk of smoking your family out of the house. NOTE*- even WITH a pristine oven, I still smoked out my house last Thanksgiving… so a tip to cut down on the smoke issue is to add about an inch of water (or broth) to the roaster pan…and keep replenishing it as needed. By doing this, not only was the smoking problem eliminated, but I had terrific drippings for gravy! Hopefully this will eliminate the smoking issue!!
2. Place oven rack on LOWEST or SECOND-TO-LOWEST position in oven. The lowest position may be too hot in some ovens since it’s directly above the heating elements.
3. Remove all giblets, neck, pop-up thermometer (if there is one) and any trussing (like the plastic thing that holds the legs together).
4. Rinse turkey THOROUGHLY, inside and out with cool water, letting all water drain out of neck and body cavities. Pat dry, inside and out, with paper toweling.
5. Place on V or U-shaped wire rack in roasting pan, so that turkey doesn’t rest on bottom of pan. First time I made this I didn’t have a rack, so I just slapped it in my grandmother’s old-fashioned blue-enamel roaster pan and it turned out FINE. If you don’t have a rack…take a long piece of aluminum foil and wad it up into a long rope, then coil it in the bottom of the pan and rest your turkey on that. NOTE** I STRONGLY RECOMMEND KEEPING 1-2 INCHES OF WATER IN THE BOTTOM OF YOUR ROASTING PAN DURING COOKING. This will GREATLY reduce smoking (which can be brutal). The first year I made this, I didn’t put water in the bottom of the pan…and I smoked out my house. The turkey was fabulous, but the house was SO smoky.
6. Rub entire outside of dried-off turkey with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. I use Kosher salt because it has large, coarse grains.
7. Pull wing tips AWAY from the body, twist them and tuck them, backwards, under the bird…up by its neck.
2-Hour Turkey, Really.
8. Using aluminum foil, form caps over the end of each drumstick. If any parts of the turkey extend beyond pan rim, make a foil “collar” underneath to make sure drippings flow back into pan.
9. Do NOT tie legs together, do NOT add stuffing, do NOT close body cavity. NOT NOT NOT. It’s probably okay to put a little seasoning in the cavity (herbs, lemon, onion) but don’t fill up the cavity.
10. Half-way through cooking time, turn the roasting pan around 180 degrees to ensure even cooking. Do NOT flip bird over.
11. If any part of the turkey becomes too brown during cooking, cover it loosely with foil tent.
12. Cooking timing chart below: (times are approximate) 10-13 lbs. = 50 minutes to 1 1/4 hrs. 13-16 lbs. = 1 1/4 hrs to 1 hour 50 minutes. 16-19 lbs. = 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs. 19-22 lbs. = 1 3/4 hrs to 2 1/4 hrs. 22-24 lbs. = 2 hrs to 2 1/2 hrs. 25+ lbs. = 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hrs…or a bit more depending on how humongo it is. Are you sure it’s not an ostrich you’re roasting? If not, call Guinness Book of Records. It’s done when internal temp (in thickest part of BOTH the THIGH and BREAST) is 160 degrees. Make certain they are BOTH at temp. Sometimes the thighs take a bit longer. When done, remove from oven. Cover completely with foil, and let rest 30-45 minutes before carving. The internal temp will continue to rise to the recommended 165 degrees.
13. After resting, transfer to platter for carving. NOTE* There will likely be a LOT of juices in the cavity, drain them out before transferring the bird to a platter. Save the juices to make gravy or moisten dressing!
Last Step: Don’t forget to share!
Cook time: 2 Hr Prep time: 10 Min