I have a turkey between 15-20 pounds. It was frozen last Thursday but we’ve been keeping it in the regular fridge since that night, so hopefully it will have completely thawed by this Thursday morning.
I cooked my first turkey a couple years ago. It turned out great, not dry at all. But since its a once-a-year-dish and I didn’t cook it last year, I kind of forgot how to cook it.
From what I remember, I took some butter and smeared it all over the turkey, then put some salt and pepper on it. This year, I’m going to melt the butter first and just pour it on so its much easier, then sprinkle it with a mixture of garlic salt, Lawry’s seasoning salt, and pepper. I’m not going to stuff anything in it.
Anything else Dopers like to put on it? Someone suggested pineapple slices on the turkey, but the day I let fruit touch my turkey is the day I die I am, however, cooking it breast side down because a coworker said it will keep that side moist and cook it more evenly. What temperature should I cook it at and for how long? I don’t want to mess up my bird!