How To Cook A Turkey: The Ultimate Step By Step Guide

Thanksgiving is a time of the year when you spend a wonderful time with your family count your blessings and companionship therefore you must invest a positive energy to the Thanksgiving dinner and let your enthusiasm revitalize everyone. Here we have the best ways of how to cook a turkey that will help you create a memorable Thanksgiving dinner.

Needed Ingredients:

  • Turkey (16 p)
  • 2 cups of water
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How to stuff a turkey

Cooking the stuffing into the turkey, gives an excellent flavor and texture. As the bird roasts the juices are absorbed into the stuffing, making a delicious mixture. Before stuffing the turkey consider that the right time to stuff the turkey is before cooking it. Do not stuff the turkey until you are ready to cook. Here are a few steps that will help you to stuff turkey in a proper way.

Step 1: First of all, wash the cavity of the turkey.

Step 2: Combine all the ingredients and then using a spoon put the cold stuffing lightly into the neck cavity of the turkey. Prepare about one half cup of stuffing per turkey.

Step 3: Make sure the stuffing is cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees F.

Step 4: Pull the neck skin over the stuffing to the back of the turkey and secure with a skewer.

Step 5: Place the legs of the turkey under the body in order to avoid over browning of the skin then tie them together with a kitchen string.

Step 6: Remove the turkey to a shallow roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer into a thick portion of a thigh area. Make sure the thermometer is not touching the bone of the turkey.

How to roast a turkey

Roasting a turkey is a simple and a convenient way to give the turkey a classic flavor. During the cooking, the oven remains at a constant temperature. Here are some instructions that will help you with the cooking process.

1.Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.

2.Drain the juices and dry with clean paper towels.

3.Before putting your turkey in the roasting pan, pour 2 cups of water in the pan.

4.Rub your turkey with salt and pepper and place in the oven.

5.Glaze it several times while baking.

6.Use a thermometer to check the turkey you know that is fully cooked when the temperature has reached 180 degrees F.

Finishing touches

The cooking part is just the beginning of making the perfect turkey. Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about decoration and to get the best looking table you must consider putting your effort into decorating your table. For this you can use different side ingredients or vegetables to add contrast to the turkey.