Originally posted by huckleberryhound
I've just found out that i'm off Christmas day, and the Wife has invited 7 people over. I've never cooked a turkey before, and now i have to make one to feed 9 people...any tips?
Emmigrating to Abu Dhabi is not an option, i'm afraid.
Make sure your turkey is oven ready.
If it is not then you will have to clean it out yourself.
This involves taking the internal organs out of the turkey.
You then wash the turkeys inside thoroughly.
Make sure the turkey you get fits into your oven.
Place the turkey in a metal baking tray quarter filled with oil.
You can put rashers of bacon across the top of the turkey
and as they cook their juice will flow over the top surface of the turkey.
Cover the turkey in aluminium foil and place in the oven at almost
Cook the turkey according to it's weight.
allow 20 minutes for every pound the turkey weighs.
Plus say another 40 minutes for the oven.
Check the turkey every half hour to see if it needs basting
and that it is not burning.
Depending on it's weight it will take some hours but if you follow these simple
steps you are on your way to being a Christmas master chef and a hero
to your spouse and relations.
I hope this information helps you.
If you are doing a ham as well you place the ham in a pot of water
with a little salt and boil it. When it come to the boil reduce the temp
to half and boil the ham the same way as the turkey cooks.
20 minutes for every pound weight.