Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner, and we’re putting together our holiday menus so everything goes off without a hitch. With all your side dishes and desserts that need space in the oven, you may be wondering how you’ll cook such a large turkey! We’ve solved that problem by cooking it in a roaster oven, freeing up the main oven for the sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Presenting the gorgeous turkey is easy – just dress it up on a large platter with fruit and herbs.
Turkey in a Roaster Oven
14-15 pound turkey, fresh or totally thawed
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
1 stalk celery
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
Combine ingredients for seasoning rub.
Remove the rack from the roaster oven. Cover and preheat oven to 325°F.
Remove giblets and neck from cavities of turkey. Set aside and use for giblet gravy. Rinse bird inside and out with cold water.
Place turkey on rack. Place onion and celery inside turkey. Brush turkey with butter or oil.
Rub turkey with Seasoning Rub.
Using handles on rack, place rack with turkey in roaster oven and cook 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turkey is done when internal temperature of breast reaches at least 165°F.
Let turkey rest 30 minutes before carving.
Always thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator, not at room temperature. A 12-15 pound frozen turkey will take 2-3 days to thaw in the refrigerator. If pressed for time, this size turkey can be thawed in cold water in 6-9 hours. Be sure to change the water often.
The roaster oven cooks a turkey in less time than a regular oven, but use a meat thermometer to make sure your turkey is thoroughly cooked.
Turkey cooked in a roaster oven will be very moist, but less brown than a traditionally roasted turkey. Seasoning rubs add flavor and enhance the appearance of a roaster oven cooked turkey.
Visit www.foodsafety.gov for more information on safe internal cooking temperatures.
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