At Thanksgiving and Christmas I buy the biggest turkey I can find - usually 20-25 pounds. Then I stuff it about 9 pm the night before and put it in a 350 degree F oven for one hour. After that I turn it down to 250 degrees for the rest of the night and wake up to the most fabulous smells ever!
I have not tried this with mashed potatoes but...hear you can mash and then place in the crockpot until time to serve
does this work?
I would be afraid to leave my oven on all night.
I also bake turkey all night but in the roaster, same as you did in the oven. So juicy and tender, done it for many years and no body got sick. The best drippings for gravy. If you want it browner, set in oven for 1/2 hr. although I don't just right for us.
My Aunt Dollie was the turkey cooker in our family.Because it was so many years ago,she had no foil to cover the bird. She used a clean white flour sack.And since I sometimes spent the night before, would watch her take it out to check it during the night.I remember that the flour sack looked scorched,but that didn't matter when it came time to eat. Boy, Turkey tasted alot better then.GG Vi
Starlight...If you don't eat till 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon do you leave the turkey in the oven at 275 till then or do you turn it lower? I'm glad you posted this!!!
Mousie - I would turn it to 250 and leave it until you are 1/2 hour from serving - then up to 350 making sure you baste it every 1/2 hour or so to keep it moist! That last 1/2 hour you can remove the foil to brown up the bird if you want! Enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving..
Make sure that you let the turkey set out of the oven for 20-30 minutes before carving. Otherwise you will lose all the juices. PS I've used this method and it works wonderfully.
Susan from ThriftyFun
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