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High-Heat Roast Turkey

High-heat roast a turkey for a juicy and tender bird. It's easy.

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 40 min
  • Servings 25

1
whole turkey (20 lb), thawed if frozen*
1
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1 Move oven rack to lowest position; heat oven to 450°F. Fold wings across back of turkey so tips are touching. Rub both cavities lightly with salt and pepper. Tuck legs under band of skin at tail, or tie together with heavy string, then tie to tail.
  • 2 On rack in shallow roasting pan, place turkey breast side up. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone. (Do not add water or cover turkey.) If possible, place turkey in oven with legs to the back of the oven so they are in the hottest part of oven.
  • 3 Roast uncovered 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes, watching carefully. After roasting about 1 hour 30 minutes, wearing oven mitts that cover hands and wrists, place tent of foil loosely over turkey when it begins to turn golden.
  • 4 Turkey is done when thermometer reads 165°F and drumsticks move easily when lifted or twisted. If meat thermometer is not used, begin testing for doneness after about 2 hours 15 minutes. When turkey is done, place on warm platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Let stand about 15 minutes for easiest carving.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

*To high-heat roast an 8- to 12-pound turkey, prepare turkey as directed above and roast on oven rack in second-to-lowest position at 450°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes.

*To high-heat roast a 15-pound turkey, prepare turkey as directed above and roast on oven rack in second-to-lowest position at 450°F for 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
370
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
180mg
180%;
Sodium
270mg
270%;
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
58g
58%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 8 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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