Oven-Ready Whole Turkey
Thaw completely in refrigerator 3-4 days or keeping turkey in vacuum sealed packaging, place in a sink full of cold water for 5-7 hours, changing the water approximately every 30 minutes. OVEN: Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove turkey from vacuum-sealed bag. Place turkey in bag provided, secure bag with twist tie. Place bag in deep roasting pan. Puncture 6 to 8 holes in top of bag with a fork. For extra browning or crispness, slit top of bag for last 20-30 minutes of roasting. Turkey will take 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours to cook. If stuffing turkey, allow an extra 20-30 minutes cooking time, for a total of 3 - 3 ½ hours. The turkey will be done when the internal temperature measured with a kitchen thermometer reaches 165°F.
Make simple gravy with the turkey drippings from the oven bag.
3 Tbsp Butter
3 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
2 cups Turkey Drippings, defatted
1 cup Water
In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add flour and stir using a whip to form a roux. Cook the roux for 2-3 minutes over low heat. Add turkey drippings and water to roux. Bring to a boil. Adjust seasoning if necessary and serve. Makes approximately 1 quart.
Don't forget to send dessert!