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Old 11-08-2010, 01:13 PM
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Default How to cook the Thanksgiving turkey

I would like to know the best way to cook the turkey. Do you cook it with the ambers in? I do not like the smokey flavor. Or take the coals out of the oven to cook the turkey. Also, could you put the stuffing in the bird when cooking it? Also, when cooking the side dishes, like potatoes and sweet potatoes when is the best time to put them in. Is it recommended to use the pop-up that comes with the turkey or use a thermometer. What temperture should it be?
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:01 PM
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I just made my first turkey in my recently finished Pompei oven! I brought some at work today, made turkey sandwiches and all the guys loved it! I used the recipe on Forno bravo's site:
Brick Oven Roast Whole Turkey
It's simple, worked out fine for me, never having cooked a turkey before! Just follow the recipe. Actually my oven was around 375F/ 350F and I did not even use the aluminum foil as per the recipe and it turned out moist and delicious!
I cooked it with the ambers in, they don't bother me, you can take them out if you like. Didn't use stuffing, it should'nt make a difference, didn't make any potatoes this time, my main thing was to see how the turkey came out so that I'll be ready for Thanksgiving. No pop up, I used a meat thermometer that you need to stick in the thigh, turkey is ready at 180F. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:50 PM
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Thank for the info give it a try
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:30 AM
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No pop up, I used a meat thermometer that you need to stick in the thigh, turkey is ready at 180F.
The pop up timer is calibrated by food industry liability lawyers. Don't use it unless you like turkey the consistency of cardboard.
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I've never cooked turkey in my life so my wife freaked out when I suggest that I should perhaps roast a turkey in the wfo for T-giving....
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:14 PM
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Thanks for the information on the pop-up thermometer. I will use the meat thermometer instead. I will be doing a test turkey on Thursday, I will let you know how it comes out.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:41 PM
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Try this:

YouTube - How to Butterfly a Chicken

it will cook much faster and more evenly.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:08 AM
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A medium sized turkey might be beyond the scope of kitchen scissors. A sharp, rigid, knife may work better.
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Butterflying may be the way to go as my oven opening is rather low.
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Old 11-11-2010, 04:15 PM
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Well I cooked my first turkey , and it came out great. It took two hours and 15 minutes for a 12 pounder . Also made roasted potatoes and stuffing. I AM READY FOR THANKSGIVING!
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