So, what is the cooking time for a turkey? This is a common holiday cooking question.
General Rule For Cooking A Turkey
As a guide, cook your thawed turkey 20 minutes per pound, but the actual cooking time will differ depending on whether your turkey is stuffed and the actual oven cooking temperature.
For food safety reasons: It is strongly recommended that stuffing on the side and cook the turkey unstuffed.
Plus, you can actually cook more stuffing if you have a large enough dish and sufficient ingredients, than the inside of a turkey would have the capacity to hold.
How long to cook a turkey
The times on the chart below are based on the turkey being placed a preheated ( 350o F / 175o C) oven with the roasting pan on the center rack.
Use an oven thermometer to ensure your oven is maintaining the proper temperature, once preheated.
When roasting a turkey, always cook your turkey to a safe temperature (165o F / 74o C), use a meat thermometer, and check the thermometer often.
Turkey cooking times reference chart
Unstuffed Roasting Time
Stuffed Roasting Time
10 to 18 pounds
3 to 3-1/2 hours
3-3/4 to 4-1/2 hours
18 to 22 pounds
3-1/2 to 4 hours
4-1/2 to 5 hours
22 to 24 pounds
4 to 4-1/2 hours
5 to 5-1/2 hours
24 to 29 pounds
4-1/2 to 5 hours
5-1/2 to 6-1/4 hours
Turkey Roasting Tips
Start with a completely thawed turkey; for food safety reasons, plan ahead and use the refrigerator to thaw the turkey.
Always Preheat your oven
Basting is optional if you want a browner and more even browning of the skin.
Cook the turkey uncovered until the skin is lightly golden and then cover loosely with a foil tent.
remove the foil tent for the last 45 minutes of baking to finish browning the skin.
The only safe test for turkey doneness is the temperature of the meat, and the turkey is cooked when the thigh meat has reached an internal temperature of (165o F / 74o C). To get an accurate internal reading, be sure that your meat thermometer is not touching the bone.
If you stuffed the turkey, the stuffing must reach the temperature of (165o F / 74o C), which can result in a drier and slightly overcooked turkey
When the turkey is cooked, remove the turkey from the oven and allow the turkey to rest for 20-30 minutes before carving. Resting the turkey allows the juices to redistribute throughout the turkey and makes for easier carving.
Looking for an easy desire to put on the table which doesn’t require much stovetop or cooktop time? Well, here you go. In fact, if you heat the water in the microwave, you needn’t touch the stove or oven. This recipe is handy year-round, but especially so in the warm weather of summer.
2 hours, 20 minutes
1 carton (8
ounces) fat-free whipped topping
1 purchased or prepared graham cracker crust
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cartons (6 ounces each) Key lime yogurt
(0.3 ounces) sugar-free lime gelatin
In a large bowl, combine the gelatin and boiling water to gelatin.
Stir gelatin about two minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved.
table is and better for being grace graced with some fresh bread. These dinner
rolls are tasty and allow your family and guests to help themselves.
Additionally, they make an excellent side dish for holiday meals.
Corn Bread Dinner Roll Ingredients
cups of milk
cup yellow cornmeal
tablespoon of instant yeast, dissolve in warm water
cup of canola oil
tablespoons of honey
teaspoon of salt (optional)
cups all-purpose flour
Corn Bread Dinner Roll Directions
In a saucepan over medium-high heat simmer the milk for 2 minutes.
Add the cornmeal and continue cooking and mixing until the mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and let it cool.
Once cooled add the mixture into a bowl, add the yeast, the canola oil, and the honey.
Mix well to combine everything.
Add the salt and 2 eggs. Mix again.
Little by little add the flour until a soft dough forms.
Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover.
Reserve for about 3 hours so that the dough will double in size.
Make 12 little balls and place each roll on a baking sheet cover with parchment paper.
Place the rolls in a warm place ( a closed oven with the light on for example )let them rise again for about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 ˚F.
In a small bowl add 1 egg and mix with a fork.
Brush the top of the rolls with egg and sprinkle cornmeal.
cookies are a nice and decorative way to add color and flavor to any
table. Not only are they tasty and relatively
easy to prepare, but I find them a handy way to use up the mini jam and jelly
jars, which tend to arrive in the holiday food gift packages. Using the mini jars of jams and jellies as
filling in these cookies will create a variety of colors in each batch and put
the mini jars of jams and jellies to immediate use.
Of course, if you just want to make a batch of the cookies, there is nothing wrong with just using your favorite jam, which is likely setting in your refrigerator.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 large egg yolk
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unshifted powdered sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup fruit jam, divided
Preheat the oven to 325o F (165 o
Combine butter and powdered sugar together with
a spatula until creamy.
Add and combine with a spatula, vanilla extract,
almond extract, salt, and egg yolk.
Add flour and combine with a spatula until just
Using a small scoop, portion dough into
1/2-ounce (I-tablespoon size) balls.
Roll balls in a plate of white sugar to coat;
roll again between your palms.
Place cookie dough balls several inches apart on
a silicone-lined baking sheet.
Flatten balls slightly with a small plate or smooth
To Make Jam Promament Cookies
For more jam-faced cookies, press your thumb
into each cookie to make a wider, shallow, indentation in each cookie.
Fill the indentation with jam.
Gently Tap baking sheet against the counter to settle
the let jam.
Bake on the center rack of the oven (about 15
minutes ) until the cookie tops are barely blonde and bottoms are slightly
Let the cookies rest on pan for 5 minutes, then
transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Bread pudding has been around a very long time. I have cooks books going back to 1901 with some
variation of the recipe. And no wonder,
this is a really simple and tasty dessert for the cooler months of the year and
makes a nice holiday side dish or dessert, as well.
1-1/2 cups day-old or toasted white bread cubes (2 slices)
2 eggs (Large or Jumbo)
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter (cut in small cubes)
Divide bread, raisins, and butter
between two greased 8 or 10 oz. Ramekins and set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, whip together eggs, milk,
sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Pour in equal amounts over filling in both ramekins.
Bake, uncovered, at 350o F for 40-45
minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow bread puddings to cool and serve warm or room
Pumpkin pie spice is always a useful thing to have around the house, especially in the fall when pumpkin and winter squash are cheat and abundant. Or if you are like me and simply like to eat a pumpkin pie or pumpkin custard most any time of the year. However, I find making your Pumpkin spice is best because you can adjust your spice volume to meet your taste and dietary needs. Ginger something gives people trouble with heartburn and I find that orange zest gives the spice blend and nice citrus edge which appeals to many. Here is a basic Pumpkin spice recipe, but feel free to experiment with it to best accommodate your family’s tastes.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground clove
2 teaspoon ground ginger or ground dehydrated orange zest
2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
Pumpkin Pie Spice Directions
Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl
whisk together thoroughly.
Pour the pumpkin pie spice into an airtight
store the sealed pumpkin pie spice container in
a cool dry place.
The pumpkin pie spice should be used within 6
months for best results.
I use my coffee bean grinder to make the ground orange zest, which works fine if you start with either purchased or home make dried orange zest. however, you do want to make sure that all the orange zest is finely ground without large bits, so, it will distru=bute evenly in your recipe.
Measure, cover, and let the yogurt warm to about room temperature.
Bloom your gelatin by putting spreading both packets evenly over the cold water and letting the gelatin soften. I usually do this in the mixing bowl where I intend to dissolve the gelatin with hot water.
Heat the remaining water. To speed up preparation and reduce the supervision required, I usually heat my water in the microwave in a large microwave-safe glass measuring cup.
Combine the boiling water with the bloomed gelatin and stir until completely dissolved.
Set aside the dissolved gelatin let the gelatin to cool down to warm room temperature; about 30 minutes. Do not refrigerate the gelatin or the gelatin may set; especially, you get distracted by life for a few more minutes than planned.
When the gelatin mixture cold to room temperature, whisk in the yogurt until evenly combined.
Divide the mixture into serving contains or an appropriately sized serving dish if serving the gelatin family-style.
Refrigerate the gelatin until set, about 3 hours or more.
When serving, If desired, garnish with whipping cream and a slice of lime.
gelatin is best served cold.
Makes 11-12 half-cup servings
For richer gelatin replace yogurt with 3/4 cup (180 ml) plain, full-fat or Greek yogurt and 3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream, mixed together.
You make this work with any flavor gelatin, which your family likes, but you may also want to change the garnish, as well.
We make our own yogurt and the way I make yogurt, the yogurt is nearly as thick as Greek yogurt.
If you want to skip the unflavored gelatin, then reduce the hot water from 3 ½ cups to 2 ¾ cups and you should be fine. I use the because I want the full batch and the unflavored gelatin also adds a measure of safety, ensuring the gelatin will set and be firm.
It is important to let the dissolved gelatin cool, so don’t run it. If the gelatin is too heat it will kill the living yogurt culture, which gives this dessert some health benefits.
We always leave plenty of space at the top of the dish to have room for lots of whipped cream.