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This method for roasting differs from others because it is done on a high heat. I do not recommend cooking more than a 16-pound (7-kilogram) turkey this way. For larger birds, start at 400 F for the first hour and then turn down the oven to 350 F for the remainder of the time. The turkey is cooked when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey reads 165 F.

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  • Servings: 8


1 14-pound (6 kilogram) turkey

Stuffing of your choice

2 tablespoons butter

Salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 400 F. Bring the bird to room temperature and stuff and truss.

Place on a rack over a roasting pan and rub skin with butter, salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes a pound for the first 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) and 7 minutes a pound (500 grams) for each succeeding one. Add an extra pound (500 grams) for the stuffing. After one hour, turn heat to 375 F.

Baste every half-hour if you remember.

Remove from oven when ready and let sit on a carving board, loosely covered with a tea towel, for 15 minutes to allow juices to retract. While it sits, make the gravy.

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