So the main event of the Christmas Dinner : Turkey! well almost the main event, there is ham also.
But anyways, the Turkey! this is actually pretty easy and almost impossible to screw up.
you can put whatever herbs and spices you want on it, but we had a heritage breed turkey, and honestly its so darn good that it doesn't need anything except butter and stuffing!
So we took the turkey, and i put some of the delicious pancetta chestnut stuffing and i stuffed it in both ends. then i took a whole lot of butter and rubbed it all over the turkey.
so somebody might notice that my turkey might be upside down. however, i think its right side up. and thats because the skin on the breast is delicious, and if its in the bottom of the pan it gets soggy. this way it gets really nice and crispy. so BREAST UP!
after you've covered it in butter, put maybe an inch of water in the pan. this is important. very very important! its the key to moist turkey! then put tin foil over the whole thing. but try to have it not touch the turkey. imagine almost a tent of tinfoil. this will contain some of the steam from the water, but let some out too.
Then roast it at 350 for about 20 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 175°. for our turkey it took 4.5 hours. when there is going to be about 45 minutes to an hour left cooking, REMOVE THE TINFOIL this will allow the skin to get crispy!
take it out and let it sit for another 30 minutes to an hour
it will eventually get to 180°
then get your carving tools out and carve away! Save the pan and the drippings to make Gravy
mmmm mmmm delicious