Football Food Friday ~ Turkey Day!

This is the last Football Food Friday before Thanksgiving so I felt like I should get a little traditional.  Take over in the kitchen with the turkey and whip this up in 15 minutes and then you can watch football while everyone else does the other work and your perfect turkey cooks.  By the way, there are three games this year!  Plan your day with the schedule on NFL.com.

Recipe:  Easy Roasted Turkey

What you need:  1 (12 pound) whole turkey, 3/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons dried basil, 1 teaspoon ground sage, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, two cups water or your favorite broth.  If you use vegetable or chicken broth it will make your turkey more tasty.

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Clean turkey (discard gross giblets and organs unless they are being used for something else) and place in a roasting pan with a lid. (If you do not have a roasting pan with a lid go get a aluminum pan and use foil).
  2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, ground sage, salt and pepper. Using a basting brush, apply the mixture to the outside of the uncooked turkey. Pour water or broth into the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover.
  3. Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees (you gotta jam your meat thermometer in there!).  If you like your bird a little crispy, remove lid for the last 20 minutes. Once it’s done, remove bird from oven, and allow to stand for about 30 minutes before carving.

Carve, serve and enjoy.  Have a great holiday, enjoy your families and great football!  Boltup!

ChargerGirl Cindi

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