So GoodDec/Jan 2009 Issue

Gluten-Free Turkey Cook Times

How much turkey do you need? Rule of thumb: Allow ¾ to 1 pound per person, more if you want leftovers. Follow these guidelines for baking your unstuffed bird in a preheated 325-degree oven.

    Weight             Cooking Times
     8–12 lbs       23/4–3 hours
    12–14 lbs      3–33/4 hours
    14–18 lbs      33/4–41/4 hours
    18–20 lbs       41/4–41/2 hours
    20–24 lbs       41/2– 5 hours

Is it done?

Test your turkey’s internal temperature with an instant read thermometer. White meat (turkey breast) should reach 160 degrees. Dark meat (thigh) should reach 170 degrees. The bird is done if juices run clear when the meat is pierced. If the turkey browns too early, reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees and cover the bird with foil for the remaining cooking time.

Before serving:

When the turkey is done, remove it from the roasting pan and set it on a platter to “rest” before carving. This allows the juices to settle back into the meat and gives you time to prepare the gravy. Save meat juices that accumulate on the platter to add to the gravy.

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