Mom's Classic Roast Turkey By Freda


By FREDA GABLE cookin4me

25 Min
3 Hr

But where Do I start?? O How I fondly remember my first Turkey I roasted. No Computers back then, Phones were a luxury, just to find out How, where do I turn, and My Mom was 1000's of miles away.
Here's what I have learned over time ever Since, By Trial and error By Golly.. .
Turkey day is fast Approaching, How Much turkey do I need?? . .We gotta Have Turkey, So here's the Deal, We'll Roast a Turkey for Turkey day, then Search Jap for all Your Trimmings and side Dishes.
Sounds like the Plan . . won't you join me??

Maybe this will help some of our New Cooks .

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12-15 lbs
serves 10-12 people
15-18 lbs
serves 14-16 people
18-22 lbs
serves 20-22 persons
need more help calculating how much turkey you need butterball has a calculator @ or turkey calculator
1 (15lb)
salt and pepper , paprika sprinkled on bird
1 Cube
buter (1/2 melted butter)
onion (cut into quarters)
2 cloves
sprigs of celery, tops and bottoms, cit in 3
carrots cut in 3
a little rosemary and thyme if you have it ( optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

Here's where we Start. . . With the Bird, (TURKEY)Place In a Pan to catch any drips,
(this way you are Making sure Any drips or Leaking stays contained)
Bring Turkey to Room Temp from refer.
keep it in wrapper till ready to cook. Remove before Roasting.
(if your turkey is "frozen", you need to thaw in the refer several days to thaw, can take 3 days to thaw in refer if Frozen, and then follow same procedure above)
Use same Sanitary Precautions as you would for any Raw chicken. wash hands with hot soapy water. dry with paper towels
Remove Plactic turkey is sealed in.
Remove pkg inserted in the cavity of the Turkey.(usually a neck bone heart, gizzard also liver)save to boil for Gravy or Soup later.
Wash out Turkey in your sink with water. remove any stubs of Feather left on bird.
Pat turkey dry with paper towels.
Lather inside of this cavity with a 1/2 a handfull of salt.
Put 1/2 a cube of butter cut in pieces under the Skin of the Turkey. (the skin is easy to Pull up and insert that butter as far under the Skin as possible.)
Now take the Onion, celery, garlic and carrots and Place in the Cavity of the Bird.Tie with string if you must to keep it from falling out. you can place a little ion the neck cavity also.
Tie Your Legs of the turkey together with twine or String to Keep legs together close to the turkey's body.
Now with Your Melted Butter, Rub over the entire turkey, (Just lather that baby, I mean Bird.)

Sprinkle with salt peper and paprika all over outside. . to taste & season well.
Place Turkey Breast Down on the bottom of the Rack in a "very Sturdy" Roasting pan.
(you don't want any mishaps trying to left the bird from a flimsy pan)
you can add rosemary and thyme now all over the outside of the turkey.

NOTE: Roasting the Bird with breast down makes for a much more Moist Breast.
Half way thru baking Turn Bird over to Brown the Breast if you want a browned Breast.
Place Turkey in 400 degree Oven, Covered for 1 hr. Then Uncover and follow Baking time Instructions on your Packaging for the bird.
Basting Bird with Drippings every 1 hr or so.
Start Baking at 400 for 1/2 hr.
Reduce Heat to 350 for the next 2 hrs. Then reduce heat to 225 for the remaining cooking time.
This helps to Not Over Cook the Bird nor Dry it out.
This Helps to make for a very Moist Bird.
It is reccommended 15 min per pound, baking time for a 15 Lb Turkey.
NOTE of Caution:
if you choose to bake with breast down you can turn it over 1/2 way thru and place bird under Broiler at the end for a few min to Brown more. approx 4-5 min.
but you also run the risk to overcook the breast by doing this. That is the risk you take if you do it this way.
using a thermometer you want the DARK MEAT @ 175degrees.
165 for the breast.
the temp will continue to rise after removing from the Oven, So I take mine out 5 degrees less than it needs to be.
Remove from Pan onto platter.
Let Rest 15-20 min before carving.
Enjoy this bird.
and add your own sides and don't forget the vegies in the cavities Soo good.
Scrape & Use Drippings in the pan for Your Turkey gravy.

You can also boil and Chop gibblets,
(That's the Pkg you took from the inside of the turkey)
and add this to your garvy for Giblet gravy.
GRAVY from Drippings:
Scrape all the drippings in the pan,
Add 4 Tbs Butter in same pan
Add 4 Tbs Flour to same
Mix as for a Roux.
Over Medium heat. Blend til smooth and not Lumpy.
add 2 cups cold turkey broth from your Boiled Gibblets.
Whisk very well as not to have any lumps. when this starts to thicken,
add 2 more cups, now, as it thickens to your Desired consistency. Whisk continually.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
. . Now Serve and Enjoy
Makes 4 cups gravy.

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Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Nov 17, 2011
Great post Freda!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving sweet lady! xo
Lynn Socko lynnsocko
Nov 17, 2011
Pretty bird!!! I love Thanksgiving, and this recipe!!
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Nov 17, 2011
Yep...most of us have been there done that =;D
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Nov 17, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
FREDA GABLE cookin4me
Nov 17, 2011
Thanks my Favorite Friends,You all are Great!!
"HAPPY THANKSGIVING" to each of you and Everyone @ JAP !!

Please, Remember to "GIVE THANKS".
We all have Plenty to be Thankful for even in tough times.
Karla Everett Karla59
Nov 17, 2011
Oh Freda I wish this would have been posted when I did my turkey cookbook!! This looks delicious. :D
Dee * Qtie
Nov 18, 2011
Thank you for the great directions. I'm going to print this and keep it in my cookbook. I make mine this way but sometimes I forget a step. :)

Hi Karla.
FREDA GABLE cookin4me
Nov 18, 2011
Sorry Karla, Just call me "A day Late"!!!
Dang Sorry I missed Your Cookbook. Guess we can't Edit them either. Since they are for sale.
Hi Lady . .
I am just getting ready to do a turkey but small one this year. I don't want to eat on it all year. I know we have a lot of New Cooks, or I hope we do So thought this could Help many.
Lengthy but Yet Very easy.
Dee * Qtie
Nov 18, 2011
This recipe and pictures WILL help them. So nice of you. Happy Thanksgiving!
FREDA GABLE cookin4me
Nov 18, 2011
Thank You, Dee . . ."Have a wonderful Turkey day Your Self"
Stormy Stewart karlyn255
Nov 18, 2011
Not only informative but at times funny in a suttle way.
Stormy Stewart karlyn255
Nov 18, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
FREDA GABLE cookin4me
Nov 18, 2011
Thank you stormy, Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Whaaa-Whooo its friday Thank God!!
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Nov 18, 2011
Freda, thanks for giving these detailed instructions for preparing and roasting the turkey , I am sure all the first time cooks will greatly enjoy them- as do I remembering my first turkey dinner. Hugs to you Freda,and have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!Hugs, Pat
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Nov 18, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!