A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

Servings: 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 240 minutes
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Copyright 2009 Allrecipes.com; by Trudie


Simple, perfect roast turkey just like grandma used to make. Seasoned with salt and pepper, and basted with turkey stock, the flavors of the turkey really stand out. Stuff with your favorite dressing.


1 (18 pound) Foster Farms Fresh Whole Turkey

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 1/2 quarts turkey stock

8 cups prepared stuffing


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1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place rack in the lowest position of the oven.

2. Remove the turkey neck and giblets, rinse the turkey, and pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in the roasting pan. Loosely fill the body cavity with stuffing. Rub the skin with the softened butter, and season with salt and pepper. Position an aluminum foil tent over the turkey. 3. Place turkey in the oven, and pour 2 cups turkey stock into the bottom of the roasting pan. Baste all over every 30 minutes with the juices on the bottom of the pan. Whenever the drippings evaporate, add stock to moisten them, about 1 to 2 cups at a time. Remove aluminum foil after 2 1/2 hours. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the meaty part of the thigh reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), about 4 hours. 4. Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter, and let it stand for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving.


Calories   663 cal
Total Fat   33.8 g
Cholesterol   212 mg
Sodium   724 mg
Carbohydrates   13.7 g
Fiber   0.7 g
Protein   72.4 g


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COOK TO A SAFE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OF AT LEAST 165°F. ALWAYS use a meat thermometer to determine the temperature. Do not rely solely on suggested cooking times. Cooking appliances vary in temperature and cooking times area GUIDE ONLY.