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Slow roasted turkey
Roast Turkey

Cooking time varies depending on your oven, the size of the bird. We usually purchase a kosher turkey which is pre-brined, thus eliminating the need to brine. A general rule of thumb for an unstuffed turkey is 15-20 minutes per pound at 325 degrees. How much meat per person? Figure on 1 pound per person, which allows for bones and leftovers.

NUTRITION NOTE: Calculations are for one pound of turkey meat per person. This includes bones. Most portions will be 4 to 6 ounces.

Course: Entee
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 529 kcal
Author: Cynthia McCloud Woodman
  • 12 pounds Turkey
  • 4 ounces Butter diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 2 Lemons cut into wedges
  • 1 bunch Fresh herbs rosemary, thyme or oregano
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Wipe turkey dry and remove giblets. There is no need to rinse! (see information in post)

  3. Carefully separate skin from turkey with your fingers. Slide some butter and salt under the skin of the turkey.

  4. Fill cavity of bird with lemon wedges, herbs and more salt.
  5. Melt remaining butter and pour over bird. Baste turkey every 30 minutes (if desired)

  6. Roast until thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 165 degrees F.

  7. Remove from oven and tent with foil and allow to rest 20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Roast Turkey
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 529 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 252mg84%
Sodium 1013mg44%
Potassium 773mg22%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 70g140%
Vitamin A 817IU16%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.