Friendsgiving! A wonderful opportunity to drink even more wine than usual and practice making Thanksgiving food, and be thankful for all your crazy friends. Roasting a turkey for the first time can be a little intimidating, after all it is the star of the show for some, or maybe second runner up next to wine but who’s counting! When purchasing a turkey, you want to purchase one big enough for your crowd and/or appetites, a good rule of thumb is to count 1.5 lbs per person, this is due to a large portion of the turkey being inedible, like bones and fat etc. Roasting a turkey is surprisingly easy, and conveniently, most will come with a simple recipe on its package. It is important to look at this to determine the length of cooking time which will always be based on the size of the turkey. A good rule of thumb is 10-15 minutes per pound to cook the turkey, usually done best at 350 degrees. Turkeys need to be basted every 30 minutes throughout the cooking period, meaning you disperse the juices at the bottom of the pan over the turkey. This is a great guide answering some common questions about cooking your turkey! Spruce up your friendsgiving turkey with our recipe below, be sure to pay attention to cooking time on your turkey’s packaging!
Roasted Friendsgiving Turkey
- large roasting pan
- baster or small ladle
- 1 14lb Turkey (or whatever size works for you!)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1/4 cup herbes de provence
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Fresh Cracked Pepper
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and gather your roasting pan.
2. Put your new turkey inside your sink and cut off the plastic around. Locate the top part of the turkey and remove the giblets and neck and inside – throw these away, unless you have a particularly adventurous party guest! 😉
3. Place the turkey into your roasting pan, wash those hands as often as possible! Continue to dress the turkey with the olive oil, making sure it is evenly spread all over the entire turkey, including the inside. Then smash the butter in your hands and rub that all over the turkey, this will give it the wonderful crispy golden brown color.
4. Evenly sprinkle the herbs de provence and fresh cracked pepper with a couple pinches of salt over and inside the turkey. Lastly, squeeze the lemon all over the turkey.
5. Roast for 3.5 hours, basting every 30 minutes. Roast until the the pop up timer (red button) already on the turkey comes up. You want to make sure the turkey is cooked to 185 degrees, if the turkey does not have this button, be sure to check it with a thermometer.
6. Carve and serve! HAPPY FRIENDSGIVING!