Grandma G's Baked Thanksgiving Turkey

Recipe by GrandmaG
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READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
YIELD: 1 turkey
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    (12 lb) turkey
  • 14
    cup zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 34
    cup butter or 3/4 cup margarine, melted (I use Parkay sticks)
  • 2
    stalks celery, chopped in 1 inch chunks
  • 1
    onion, quartered
  • 4
    large carrots, cut in 1 inch chunks
  • 12
    cup butter
  • Basting
  • 14
    cup zesty Italian salad dressing
  • 34
    cup butter or 3/4 cup margarine, melted (I use Parkay sticks)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Remove giblets and neck.
  • For those of you who have never cooked a turkey before, check inside the body cavity, and inside the neck chest cavity.
  • Rinse turkey and pat dry.
  • Mix melted butter and salad dressing.
  • Draw up mixture into injector and inject bird in several locations in the brest, thighs and leg.
  • Place in roaster pan and add all vegetables inside the body cavity.
  • Cut 4, 1/2 inch slices from the butter and insert under the breast skin, and push up as far as it will go.
  • Place the remaining stick of butter in the cavity.
  • Cover with heavy foil, making sure the foil does not touch the turkey.
  • Bake for 2 hours 30 minutes in 450 degree oven.
  • If meat thermometer reads 185 degrees, it's time to uncover and baste using all of basting liquid.
  • If it has not reached 180 degrees return to oven for additional 30 minutes.
  • Check therometer.
  • Bake another 45 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and cover with foil again and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.
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