By Lorri in NY from NY
You most certainly can and depending on how many racks you are using and size of your oven you can also bake sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, etc at the same time and you just need to be aware of the cooking times and oven positions of all the items :-)
I just did this Thanksgiving. First note, please use a conventional meat thermometer vs a pop up. The pop ups are designed to pop between 180-185 degrees F. A turkey is done at 160 with resting which continues to cook to 165 which is the safe temp to eat. By the time the pop up "pop" your turkey can be way overcooked.
I cooked a 9 1/2 lb turkey and 9 1/2 lb ham (smoked) at 325 degrees F for approx 4 hours side by side. This includes removing the ham 3 hours in, letting sit for 15 minutes to somewhat cool, glazing, adding pineapples, cloves and such and returning to oven. I increased the temp to 400 degrees F for the last 30 minutes.
They both came out at the same time and rested while I baked all the sides and biscuits. Everything was done, ready and hot at the same time. It was the first time I ever cooked a ham, much less side by side with a turkey and it worked perfectly!
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I have a 8lb turkey breast and a 12 lb ham. At what temp and for how long should I cook them together?
350 degrees Fahrenheit. 20 minutes per pound for the turkey 18-20 for the ham
Normally you cook turkey and ham in an oven at 350 degress. You will need to put the ham in the oven for about 1 hour before you add the turkey to the oven. The cook time for ham and turkey is 15 minutes per pound. Total cook time for ham is 3 hours and the total for the turkey is 2 hours.
What temperature and for how long should I cook a 16 lb turkey and 10 lb smoked ham, if cooking together?
Cook both at 325 degrees for 3-4 hours.
See if this grid helps you:
It gives times and temperatures (both cooking and done--internal).
The key is to use a meat thermometer and make sure they are both done.
This is a math thing and I always avoid doing this....usually if I am cooking two meats, I do one one day, and one the next (I like to do the turkey first since if you keep it in a broth bath it stays moist and fresh). That is just me. I have friends who can do this math without issues and I envy them! I had a math injury in high school :)
You can cook them together. Put two separate meat thermometers in because they may not be done at the same time.
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Is it alright to cook a turkey and a ham together in the same oven? Different pans of course.