This is my mom's recipe. It is roasted, not steamed like you get when you cover the turkey in foil. The results are very tasty. Even the dark meat is delicious and moist. You do have to baste it often in the middle of its cooking. Make sure you use lots of butter so the cloth won't take the skin off. Recipe is for a 12 pound bird. Adjust butter and water accordingly for different size birds.
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- 1Clean and stuff turkey as usual.
- 2Cover turkey completely and thickly with butter.
- 3Dust completely with flour.
- 4Take a clean white cotton cloth or a triple layer of cheese cloth large enough to completely drape over turkey and soak it in a mixture of hot water and the remaining butter (melted). If you want to, you can substitute broth or vegetable oil when you soak the cloth.
- 5Tie up turkey's wings like a belt with cotton twine and also tie legs together.
- 6Place in roasting pan with wings down and legs on top.
- 7Cover loosely with the cloth, covering all exposed parts. You can cut a hole in the cloth to stick in the thermometer.
- 8Pour any remaining liquid into the bottom of the pan.
- 9Baste every 15 minutes with juice in the bottom of the roasting pan. If there is no juice, use hot water/broth with oil/melted butter to baste.
- 10Remove cloth for last 1/2 hour if necessary to brown skin. You can salt and pepper the bird at this stage if you want to.
- 11Cook at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes per pound.
- 12Let set for 15-20 minutes after cooking so juices will settle back into the meat. You can cover it with the pan lid or foil at this point to keep it warm. This is when you make the gravy.
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Nutritional Facts for Cloth Covered Roasted Turkey
Serving Size: 1 (4479 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 8115.7
- Calories from Fat 4535
- Total Fat 503.9 g
- Saturated Fat 206.6 g
- Cholesterol 3197.1 mg
- Sodium 4218.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 23.9 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
- Sugars 0.2 g
- Protein 818.6 g