Cooking a turkey for Christmas dinner can be a delicious and impressive main course for your holiday meal. Here is a basic recipe to follow:
- 1 turkey (about 12-14 pounds)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- Salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you like (such as thyme, rosemary, or garlic)
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
- Rinse the turkey and pat it dry with paper towels. Place it in a large roasting pan.
- In a small bowl, mix together the chopped onion, carrot, and celery. Stuff the mixture into the cavity of the turkey.
- Sprinkle the turkey with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you like.
- Cover the turkey loosely with aluminum foil and roast it in the preheated oven for about 3-3.5 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°F (74°C).
- Remove the foil from the turkey during the last 30 minutes of cooking to allow the skin to brown.
- When the turkey is done, transfer it to a carving board and let it rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. This will allow the juices to redistribute and make the meat easier to carve.
- Carve the turkey and serve it with your choice of sides. Enjoy!
Note: The cooking time for a turkey will depend on its size. It is important to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the turkey is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).