I hope you guys are enjoying this 6 for Under $60 series! I have had a lot of fun with it. Now let’s get to the meat of it (<—-get it? meat?? pun! #NerdAlert!)
You want to figure about a half hour roasting per pound of turkey at 375 degrees. Then, using your desired dining time, work backwards to make your schedule. For instance, I had a 7lb turkey (remember we want ¾ lb per person at least) and we wanted to eat at three. That meant my turkey would take roughly 3 ½ hours and I could start it a little before noon. Because I wanted to be able to go running in the morning and not have to feel constrained by time in any way – I decided to lower the temperature to 250 and start my turkey at 9:30. If you are using a turkey smaller than 10 lbs I really recommend that you follow this lower temperature – longer cooking time. It made for a perfectly moist, flavorful turkey. If you are using a larger turkey stick with the 375 roasting temperature so it doesn’t take two days to cook thoroughly!
Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: Varies by size – ½ hour per pound Serves: You want ¾ pound per person.
6 Cups Water
2 tsp Rosemary
2 tsp Marjoram
1 Yellow onion, peeled and quartered
Remove any innards still in your turkey, clean with cold water. You can save these parts if you want to include them in your stuffing or toss them.
Stuff your turkey.
Paint your turkey with olive oil on the skin – season with salt, pepper and marjoram.
Add the water, rosemary and quartered onion to the base of the roasting pan.
Cover with lid and bake as directed above.