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Are you hosting Turkey Day this year? Make it a feast to remember with these recipes and cooking tips.
You Will Need
- Oven-safe casserole dish
- Cooking twine
- Meat thermometer
- Turkey breast (optional)
- Foil (optional)
Prep the turkey
Make sure your turkey is completely thawed. Remove the giblet package from the cavity, rinse the bird inside and out with cold water, and pat it dry.
Make the stuffing
Make the stuffing just before you're ready to cook the turkey. If you want to do some prep work ahead of time, keep the recipe's wet ingredients chilled and separate from the dry ones until it's time to stuff the turkey.
Stuff the turkey
Stuff both the neck and body cavities loosely; otherwise, it won't cook evenly and bacteria could grow. If there's any left over, put it in a buttered, oven-safe casserole dish and refrigerate it. Cover and stick it in the oven about 30 minutes before the bird is done. Uncover it and cook for an additional 10 minutes for a crispy, golden top.
Keep stuffing inside
Keep the stuffing from spilling out by sticking a skewer through the neck flap and tying the legs together with cooking twine. Immediately place the stuffed turkey in a preheated oven set no lower than 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Check the temperature
When the turkey is done, stick a meat thermometer into the center of the stuffing to make sure it's reached 165 degrees. Bon appetit!