Perfect hub to get us started thinking about Thanksgiving! We celebrate both the Canadian Thanksgiving in October and the American one too. Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 21, 2016: Rebecca, Hope it helps and a Very Happy Thanksgiving to you! LaThing, You really should try homemade stuffing. Be sure to rinse out the cavity as well. Thank you Susan. I always have, yet one year I did forget and it still was pretty good. Placing celery in the bottom of the roasting pan is a new idea to me. Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 24, 2014: I love turkey time :) Let Thanksgiving get here quick:) Thanks Brenda! Cook an 8 to 12 lb. Thanks so much! Everything looks delicious Susan, great pictures too. They were different every year. I am making this recipe for stuffing today. I really appreciated the turkey cooking chart and the stuffing preparation recipe. When people ask me my favorite food sometimes I am tempted to just answer "thanksgiving dinner." The celery is a little on the greasy side but my husband enjoys eating it. When estimating what size bird you'll need, it is safe to assume that 1.5 pounds per person will be sufficient. The stuffing temperature will rise a few this definitely looks like the classic I grew up with :) I've never cooked it myself, but I am hoping in the next couple years I will have my own home and be able to take my place in the hosting rotation. lol..... UP+++. turkey breast between 3 hours and 3 hours and 45 minutes to cook. Just follow these steps: Butterball recommends roasting at 325 ° … My boys just turned 29. :). I like to add a bit of sage to mine. Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 09, 2012: GoodLady, I'll have to try stuffing with dried apricots, that sounds good. Now I wish it was thanksgiving tomorrow! stuffing has not reached 165°F after stand time, return the turkey degrees after the turkey is removed from the oven. For example, a 20 pound stuffed turkey will take 4 1/4 to 5 1/4 hours to cook. Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 21, 2016: Thanks for sharing this again, Susan. I'm doing okay, still hanging in there :). You have made my pallet water with anticipation come turkey day! I saw you and decided it's been much too long! The onion flakes are golden browned in butter and the boiled eggs are cut in halves to fill in. I love turkey and I think the best part about it is the leftovers and all the wonderful dishes you can make with the leftovers. Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 10, 2013: Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 10, 2013: Now this is what I need to cook a turkey properly. I scored 100 on your quiz. Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 23, 2016: Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 22, 2016: Perfect timing for this great instructive article. Another way is to place the bird in a container of cold water. Cooking time takes longer for a stuffed turkey. To reach this temperature, roast a stuffed turkey at 325 degrees. USDA Roasting Timetable for Fresh or Thawed Turkey turkey for three to three and a half hours; cook a 12 to 14 lb. According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, turkey meat becomes safe to eat at 165 degrees. 1. I use thyme too (I also like some dried apricots in there). I would love to try your combination of ingredients next time. Thanks for sharing! LOL) Sounds delicious to me! Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on November 15, 2013: I pinned this, because it is full of useful information for cooking a turkey. A stuffed turkey will take up to 30 minutes more than one that is unstuffed. In your hand grab a portion of the stuffing mix and push into the cavity of the bird. I cooked a hen the other night and used some leftover cornbread to make stuffing. I've always used eggs in this type of stuffing. Love Turkey! Have a very Happy upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday weekend and see you online :). 3. Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on October 08, 2012: donnah, I like to add sausage to my stuffing but hubby prefers it exactly like this recipe is. A whole turkey is done when the temperature in the innermost part of the thigh reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165°F as measured with a food thermometer. Very good, Susan...and don forget that GRAVY!!! Stuffing is not a tradition in Jamaica but I love it anyways...lol. Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 25, 2016: Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 23, 2016: Yes please.....turkey any time is a fav of mine.... Angels are on the way to you this evening ps. A 5.5- to 9-lb. Thanks! Place the turkey on the pit and cook until an internal temperature reaches 165 in the thickest part of the breast AND in the stuffing. Thanks for sharing. Make sure to tuck the skin that is at the neck cavity under the bird so that the stuffing does not fall out. Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 29, 2017: Besides boiled eggs I also add some fried cashew nuts, raisins in the filling. Change the water every 30 minutes until it had thawed. 4. I took your fun quiz! The general rule for cooking a large bird is about 20 minutes a pound. I've never put garlic or eggs in mine, but that's what makes HubPages so great - we get to see what other people do and think! Cook an 8 to 12 lb. I like it so much more than the boxed pre made stuffing. Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 29, 2012: Hi Lilleyth, I tend to put garlic in everything I can. `` Thanksgiving dinner, but will generally take between 2-5 hours okay, still hanging there! 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