Recipe

Basic Roasted Turkey

Ingredients
10-12 lb. fresh turkey
- coarse salt, as needed
½ cup (1 stick) Kowalski's Butter, melted
Directions
  1. IF FROZEN, thaw turkey completely in the refrigerator (this may take 4 days or more).
  2. Preheat oven to 325°.
  3. Remove neck and giblets from turkey; season cavity with salt.
  4. Fold wings across back with tips touching. Tuck drumsticks under skin at tail.
  5. Place turkey breast-side up on a rack set in a shallow roasting pan; brush skin with melted butter.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until juices run clear and a meat thermometer registers 165° (see timetable below); if necessary, tent loosely with foil to prevent excessive browning.
  7. Let rest for at least 20 min., covered, for easier carving.

 

TIMETABLE IN A 325° OVEN (Fresh or Thawed Turkey – Unstuffed)

Weight Cook Time
8-12 lbs. 2 ½ - 3 hrs.
12-14 lbs. 3 - 3 ½ hrs.
14-18 lbs. 3 ½ - 4 hrs.
18-20 lbs. 3 ¾ - 4 ½ hrs.
20-24 lbs. 4 ¼ - 4 ¾ hrs.

Tasty Tips:

  • Timings are approximate. Temperature should be verified with a meat thermometer before serving. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh muscle, not touching bone.
  • Placing dressing in the cavity of the turkey is not recommended. For food safety, we suggest baking your dressing at 325° in a covered casserole dish until heated to 165°.