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Roast Turkey

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  Turkey 12 Pound
  Apple 1 , halved
  Onion 1 Small, halved
  Celery tops 4
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), halved
  Butter/Margarine, vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon, melted (For Brushing)
  Green onion 2 , cut in strips to make green onion brush (For Serving)
  Radish roses 1 (For Serving)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

Remove giblets and neck from turkey, reserve for gravy, if desired.
Rinse turkey with cold water, pat dry.
Sprinkle cavity and outside of turkey with salt and pepper.
Place apple, onion, celery tops, and garlic into cavity.
Close cavity with skewers or wooden picks, and truss.
Tie ends of legs to tail with cord, lift wing tips up and over back so that they are tucked under bird.
Brush entire bird with melted butter, place on a roasting rack, breast side up.
Insert meat thermometer in breast or meaty part of thigh, making sure it does not touch bone.
Bake at 325° until meat thermometer reaches 185° (about 3 to 3 1/2 hours).
If turkey starts to brown too much, cover loosely with aluminum foil.
When turkey is two-thirds done, cut the cord or band of skin holding the drumstick ends to the tail, this procedure will ensure that the insides of the thighs are cooked.
Test the turkey for doneness: the turkey is done when the drumsticks are easy to move up and down.
Remove to serving platter, let stand 20 to 30 minutes before carving.
Garnish with green onion brushes and radish roses.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 731 Calories from Fat 322

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 36 g55.1%

Saturated Fat 10.8 g54.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 332 mg110.7%

Sodium 353.8 mg14.7%

Total Carbohydrates 3 g1.2%

Dietary Fiber 0.77 g3.1%

Sugars 2.1 g

Protein 93 g186.2%

Vitamin A 4.8% Vitamin C 4.6%

Calcium 7.9% Iron 32.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Roast Turkey Recipe