Family Roast Turkey

By Sandra B – Toronto, ON
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Family Roast Turkey
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 330
  • Servings: 10-12
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About this Recipe

Our traditional roast turkey - suitable for any celebration.

Ingredients

1 Maple Leaf Prime® Whole - Canada A - Young Turkey
white pepper to taste
2 tbsp dried crushed marjoram
Water
salt, as needed
your favorite stuffing

Directions

1.
Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees and place your cooking rack to the bottom level.
Calculate the cooking time by multiplying each pound of turkey by
20 minutes per pound. Add 30 minutes to your cooking time for the stuffing if you stuff the turkey.
Wash the fresh turkey inside and outside with fresh cold water Dry with paper towels.
2.
Rub the salt onto the turkey outside and inside. Sprinkle a bit into the cavity if you cannot reach the inside entirely.
Sprinkle the marjoram into the inside of the turkey. Sprinkle a small amount onto the exterior of the turkey too. Dust with ground white pepper if you wish.
3.
Stuff the cavity with your favorite stuffing and secure the cavity with sturdy toothpicks or metal skewers.
4.
Place the bird into a large roasting pan and place the pan into the preheated oven.
The temperature will drop as your bird absobs heat. When the temperature comes back to 425, cook for another 30 minutes and then reduce your temperature to 325 F degrees. Throughout the roasting, baste your bird on the outside, every 30 minutes or so.
If your bird seems to be getting too crisp early on, cover the top loosely with foil.
If the juices at the bottom of the pan are evaporating too much, add a cup of cold water to the bottom to ensure you have a moist cooking base and so you have enough juice for basting.
5.
Your Prime turkey has a thermometer pre-inserted in the breast. This will pop up when your turkey is ready.
Remove your turkey from the oven and let it cool for 30 - 60 minutes before serving or carving to serve.
Remove the stuffing and serve separately.
Strain the leftover cooking juices, serve as an au jus sauce for your diners.

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