I have a reputation, among those who love me, to have an “interesting” sense of humor. Even though this sounds like a joke IT IS NO JOKE.
I read about this and tried it. The turkey comes out brown, beautiful and MOIST. I’ve done this every year for over a decade and it’s never failed. (One time I did a 20-plus pounder and parts were not completely cooked so I zapped the parts in the appliance of choice – my microwave)
I’ve shared this with many others and it has failed only once — the woman bought a ButterBall Turkey . . . and has never eaten turkey since. To see why, keep reading.
10 – 18 pound turkey* and a sense of adventureDirections:
- Clean the bird
- Throw it into a covered container – put on lid or aluminum foil
- Do not add ANYTHING to the pot and/or the bird.
- PreHeat oven 500 degrees
- Do NOT baste or look at until time is up (you will hear burbling, don’t worry, by the time you hear burbling the turkey is dead)
- Bake (and I do mean BAKE), 7 minutes per pound, unstuffed
- 7 1/2 minutes per pound, stuffed
WARNING: Do NOT buy any *turkey that has ANYTHING injected under the skin (especially butter!) or the fire department will be there and you will be scrubbing black soot from your ceiling.
Q & A (I won’t bother you with the Q-part)
- Yes, it comes out brown and beautiful.
- No, it is moist and delicious
- I always put the stuffing in a casserole rather than the turkey – others have stuffed the bird and said it was great.
- Yes, it will smell like Thanksgiving not like a house-on-fire.
- No, PETA would not endorse this because it is more humane for the cook
- Yes, 500 degrees. It is not a typo
- Yes, 7 minutes a pound
P.S. The first year I made the turkey this way I had it sitting out raw and naked as a J-bird when the guests arrived.
When they found out nothing was in the oven they nervously inquired what time we were going to eat.
Made me smile.