Apple Roasted Turkey

Ingredients:

1 (12 lb.) whole turkey, thawed
1 C extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. salt
1 sweet apple, cored, peeled and chunked

Method:

Remove the giblets and neck from the inside of the turkey. Rinse the turkey with cold water inside and out, allow the water to drain from the turkey then pat dry.

Rub the olive oil over the entire turkey. Sprinkle the turkey with the salt to cover. Place the chunked apple inside the turkey cavity.

Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees and allow the oven to heat up. Place the turkey breast side down in a large roasting pan. Roast the turkey for 3 hours. Carefully turn the turkey so the breast side is up. Continue roasting 45 minutes or until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees. Allow the turkey to stand 30 minutes before carving.Serves 12

Thawing:

There are two safe ways to thaw your turkey.  The safest way is to place the turkey in the refrigerator.  Allow 1 day per 5 lbs. of turkey to make sure it is thawed completely. The second option is to submerge the turkey in cold water.  Leave the turkey in the wrapper and completely cover the turkey with the cold water.  If necessary weight the turkey down to make sure it stays covered.  Be sure to change the water every 30 minutes to ensure safety. The general rule is 30 minutes per pound to completely thaw the bird.

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