Oven Roasted Turkey Recipe - High Heat
Oven Roasted Turkey: Turkey in Two Hours?
Our preferred oven roasted turkey recipe is what is often referred
to as the "High Heat Method." This
is the method that has also been called the "two hour turkey."
Why doesn't this method dry out the oven roasted turkey? Because the turkey is in the oven for less time. This method is quick and easy, producing a juicy and flavorful result with good texture.
Is there a downside? Very little.
Don't be put off by the fact that it can be a bit messy and can produce some smoke. (We suggest measures to reduce the smoke and mess.) This high heat oven roasted turkey technique does require good ventilation, even opening a window a crack will help. You may have to temporarily disable a smoke detector near the kitchen, but DON'T FORGET TO RE-ENABLE YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR AFTER YOU REMOVE YOUR TURKEY FROM THE OVEN!
Smoke will be reduced or eliminated if you start with a clean oven. So if you have a self cleaning oven and your oven has been used, run the self cleaning cycle the day before cooking your turkey, otherwise just clean your oven with an oven cleaner.
Oven Roasted Turkey - the Recipe
Test the position of the roasting pan and rack so that turkey will be centered in the oven.
Timing the Turkey
How long will it take to make an oven roasted turkey? Click
here for US timing charts Click here for Metric timing charts. But remember timing is an estimate. A 14
lb.(6.5 kg) turkey may take 9 minutes per pound (per 1/2 kg). A 20 lb. (9 kg) turkey may take 10
minutes per pound (per 1/2 kg), and a turkey weighing more than 20 lbs.(9 kg) may take
11 minutes per pound (per 1/2 kg).
Preheat and PreparePreheat the oven to 450 degrees F. (232 degrees celsius).
If you brined the turkey, you have already removed the cryovac wrap
and the giblet bag containing the neck, liver, craw, and the heart.
If you didn't brine remove these now.
Place your roasting pan in the preheated oven.
Now you have to pay attention.
Especially watch the turkey's temperature. It can rise quickly near the end of the cooking time. Test it frequently, beginning earlier than you expect the turkey might be done.
Take the oven roasted turkey out when the internal temperature reaches
155 degrees F to 160 degrees F (69 to 71 degrees celsius) when measured about halfway down in the
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