Thanksgiving dinner for the Family

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I have lost count on how many turkeys I have made over the years. I have cooked them whole, halved, just the breast, stuffed, you name it. I can pretty much do it in my sleep these days. I really do not understand what the big deal is. When I was a kid my mom always made it to be such a big deal. So much preparation and so much exhaustion. She would wake up before everyone to put it on and have everything done by a set time. Me, I wake up as normal and get things started. Dinner may be a bit later but it is stress free. 

We will be enjoying a turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, corn and rolls. I have not decided on a dessert yet but there will be one. Cooking the turkey is easy if you make sure it is fresh or completely thawed ahead of time. 

How to cook a turkey 

Prepare your turkey by removing giblets, neck and rinsing with water. 

Season and place in roasting pan

Place turkey, breast side up, in roasting pan. Brush with melted butter . Tent loosely with foil. Roast in 325ºF (160ºC) oven for about 20 minutes per pound (500 g) or until juices run clear when turkey is pierced and when thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180ºF (82ºC) for a stuffed turkey or 170ºF (77ºC) for an unstuffed turkey. Remove tent for last hour of roasting.

When down allow it to sit for 20 minutes before carving

Carve and serve 

I personally never stuff my turkey as my family prefers it this way. 

You can check your turkey while it cooks and brush the drippings over it to brown the outside. 

It is really this easy! Once you are comfortable with this you can get creative with your seasonings and stuffings. 

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  1. I am the one that leaves others beds with naming the turkey. I take care of the Latin rice snd oitk for the meal :). With your tips maybe I will try a hand at the turkey this year

  2. Catherine Sargent says

    Thanks for the instructions. I have never cooked a Turkey we usually go to my mother in-laws and she cooks it. This year we are going to Disney.

  3. Thanks for the recipe instructions. I am not big on turkey but we usually do a ham and turkey for Thanksgiving. This year we will go going out of town to meet my family for Thanksgiving.

  4. Those are really great prizes. The grand prize is fabulous and I would love to have a dinner catered for family and friends. I have cooked many of turkeys over the years too but I never feel comfortable doing it. Most of mine have come out just fine but they never seem to taste as good as my mom’s.

  5. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving! I LOVE turkey! It is probably my favorite holiday after christmas. These are great instructions! Thanks for sharing.

  6. brettbeyer73 says

    For me, the big deal is the carving. I always feel like I’m slaughtering the poor bird all over again. By the time I’m done, it looks like a bomb exploded from the inside. There have been many a Thanksgiving where I am brining the turkey with my tears and muttering over and over again “You’re in a place where you can’t feel pain. You’re in a place where you can’t feel pain…”

  7. I love turkey but I am turkey’d out after this years feast. We had stuffed turkey breasts this year.

  8. Thanks for sharing your cooking tips. We do like our Thanksgiving turkey here. Thank goodness no more big meals like that until Christmas rolls around.

  9. For the past few years, we have only had my core family. We don’t do a huge feast on Thanksgiving. We do a breast with a few sides and dessert.

  10. This turkey looks amazing. We just celebrated out Thanksgiving here in Canada. This is a great contest.

  11. I would love it if my Turkey turned out like this. It looks so delicious and juicy. We always have a huge get together with all of our family for Thanksgiving.

  12. great post and great tips. This year will be thanksgiving dinner at my house for the first time, I’m soo excited I know I’ll do just fine with your help. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

  13. We have not had a big get together for the last couple years but plan on it this year. Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

  14. Reesa Lewandowski says

    Your turkey and the whole feast sounds amazing. I can not wait for Thanksgiving this year so that I can cook a big meal and enjoy time with family.

  15. I have a great recipe that is a favorite each year. I will have to enter it.

  16. Good information about the cooking of a turkey.
    I like the tips you offer.

  17. This turkey looks amazing. Every year a cook a huge one for Thanksgiving! Love your tips!

  18. I love Thanksgiving and cannot believe American Thanksgiving is already next month! Seems so surreal to me!

  19. Confession: I have never cooked a turkey. Ham, I can handle, but for some reason the turkey intimidates me. I’ll have to try it!

  20. I love Thanksgiving. I can’t believe that it’s going to be here before you know it too. It’s crazy. That turkey looks amazing!

  21. Your turkey looks so good! We also don’t stuff our turkey- I make my stuffing separate.

  22. I loving cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my family. I have only cooked a few turkeys but the last one I made was amazing!

  23. Thank you so much for the great tips! We love turkey and will be referring to all this awesome information. 🙂

  24. Truthfully, I hadn’t even thought about Thanksgiving yet. I imagine I’ll be making the traditional turkey dinner though!

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