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Contents:  How to Cook a Turkey on the Grill | How to Microwave a Turkey | Approximate Cooking Times for a Turkey | Turkey Dressing Recipe | Turkey Buffet Casserole | Bread Stuffing for a Turkey | Deep Fried Turkey | Turkey Giblet Gravy | Crock Pot Baked Turkey | Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing Cornbread Stuffing  Jimmy Dean Sausage Stuffing | Leftover Turkey Recipes


How Long Should I Thaw a Frozen Turkey?

Size of Turkey
Thawing in the refrigerator
Thawing in cold water
8 - 12 pounds 1 to 2 days 4 to 6 hours
12 - 16 pounds 2 to 3 days 6 to 8 hours
16 - 20 pounds 3 to 4 days 8 to 10 hours 
20 - 24 pounds 4 to 5 days 10 to 12 hours

Foods Thawed in the refrigerator can be refrozen without cooking but there may be some loss of quality. 

How to Microwave a Turkey

Turkeys can be successfully cooked in a microwave oven—whole or in parts. Turkey parts can be cooked in a dish with a lid, or cover the dish with plastic wrap and vent the top. Timing can vary because of wattage differences, so follow the recommendations in the owner's manual. A 12- to 14- pound turkey is the maximum size most microwaves can accommodate. Microwaves sometimes cook a whole turkey unevenly, so microwaving it in an oven cooking bag aids in even heat distribution. Microwaving a stuffed turkey is not recommended. The stuffing may not be cooked to the proper internal temperature when the turkey itself is done. Cook the stuffing in a separate casserole.

Allow 3 inches oven clearance on top and 2 to 3 inches of space around the bird. The time for cooking a turkey in the microwave is 9 to 10 minutes per pound on medium (50%) power. Rotate the bird during cooking to ensure even cooking.

If the bird is defrosted in the microwave, cook it immediately. Always use a food thermometer to determine doneness. The turkey is safely cooked when the food thermometer reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. After removing from the microwave, let the turkey stand 20 minutes before carving it.
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How to Cook a Turkey on the Grill

Here is the way I cook my holiday turkey on the grill - While my double burner gas grill is preheating on high, I slip pats of margarine to equal about 1/4-cup under the bird’s skin (about a 14-lb-er) all around. I also put ground thyme sprinklings everywhere I put the margarine. Then I salt and pepper to our taste and stuff the bird’s body cavity with sliced carrots and a sliced onion. I sprinkle some sage over this and then I truss the drumsticks. Now I place a pottery dish filled with water directly on the lava rocks on one side of the grill and turn off that side of the grill. Adjust the other side to medium-high and place the bird on a rack in a roasting pan over the water side (that is turned off). Close the lid on the grill and do not open it for 5 hours. The bird will be done and very tender and juicy. Now I have had time to do all my “oven stuff” without being cramped with the cooking of the turkey. I put the bird in the indoor oven on broil for about 5-7 minutes or until the skin browns and crisis. Brushing a little olive oil for butter over it before this process will help. I have served this to family and friends on many major holidays so it IS foolproof and it IS good. Let me know if you try it.
Susana in Louisiana
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Approximate Cooking Times for a Turkey

(325 °F oven temperature)

UNSTUFFED (time in hours)

4 to 6 lb breast..........1 1/2 to 2 1/4

6 to 8 lb breast..........2 1/4 to 3 1/4

8 to 12 lbs.......................2 3/4 to 3

12 to 14 lbs......................3 to 3 3/4

14 to 18 lbs................3 3/4 to 4 1/4

18 to 20 lbs................4 1/4 to 4 1/2

20 to 24 lbs......................4 1/2 to 5

STUFFED (time in hours)

8 to 12 lbs.......................3 to 3 1/2

12 to 14 lbs......................3 1/2 to 4

14 to 18 lbs......................4 to 4 1/4

18 to 20 lbs................4 1/4 to 4 3/4 

20 to 24 lbs................4 3/4 to 5 1/4
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Turkey Dressing Recipe

2 Turkey drumsticks
4 stalks celery
3 med. onions
2 tbsp. black pepper
Lowery seasoning salt
3 med. green peppers
2 tbsp. salt
Self-rising cornmeal
Self-rising flour
4 tbsp. butter (Crockery Shed Spread)
1/2 c. Miracle Whip
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 doz. unsalted crackers
4 eggs
1/2 c. sugar

Bring to boil turkey drumsticks, 2 celery sticks (diced), 1 onion, 1 bell pepper, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, Lowry seasoning and black pepper. Cook over heat until meat well done. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease pan with butter. Mix cornmeal and flour into large mixing bowl 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons salt and 1/2 cup butter. Pour mixture into medium pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Test with fork or toothpick. Once completed, set aside to cool. Cut into squares and crumble into large mixing bowl along with 1 dozen of unsalted crackers. Remove turkey drumsticks from heat, drain broth into separate pot. Pour 1/2 of broth into bread crumbs, saturate completely. Reserve remaining broth for basting dressing throughout the cooking (baking) process. Add fresh season salt, Miracle Whip, 1 medium chopped onion, chopped celery and bell pepper (chopped finely) to cornbread mixture. Add 1 tablespoon butter. Saute new cornbread mixture over medium high for 15 minutes. Pour into greased pan and bake 15-30 minutes. Use reserved turkey broth for basting every 10 minutes to keep moist. Bake until dressing in golden brown. Serves 20 people.
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How Should I Stuff the Turkey?

If you don't have much time, you may want to bake your stuffing in a greased, covered casserole during the last hour while the turkey roasts. An unstuffed turkey takes less time to cook than one that is stuffed.
Although it may seem like a good idea to save time by stuffing your turkey in advance, that's inviting trouble. Harmful bacteria can multiply in the stuffing and cause foodborne illness. Stuff the turkey just before you're ready to roast it.

Spoon your stuffing into the bird loosely so there's room for it to expand as it cooks. You can fit one to two cups of stuffing for every pound of meat.
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Weight of Whole Bird Amount of Stuffing
1 1/2 to 4 pounds 1 to 3 cups
4 to 8 pounds 3 to 6 cups
8 to 12 pounds 6 to 9 cups
12 to 16 pounds 9 to 12 cups
16 to 20 pounds 12 to 15 cups
20 to 24 pounds 15 to 18 cups
Stuffing baked in a casserole At least 1/2 cup per person

Source: USDA
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Turkey Buffet Casserole Recipe

4 oz. med. white noodles, (2 c.)
1 pkg. frozen broccoli spears
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. prepared mustard
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 c. milk
1 c. (1/4 lb.) grated American cheese
2 c. cut up cooked turkey
1/3 c. slivered toasted almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In separate sauce pans cook noodles and broccoli as labels direct just until tender. In saucepan over low heat, melt butter; stir in flour, salt, mustard, pepper and milk. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in cheese until melted. Drain noodles and broccoli. Dice broccoli stems; leave flowerettes whole. Arrange noodles, broccoli stems, turkey in shallow casserole or 8 inch square baking dish; pour cheese sauce over all. Arrange broccoli flowerettes on top, pressing them lightly into sauce; sprinkle with almonds. Bake uncovered 15 minutes or until bubbling hot.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
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Almond Turkey Pie Recipe

1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups chopped cooked turkey
1 1/2 cups diced celery
1 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup chopped toasted almonds
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 refrigerated pie shell dough

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. in a large bowl mix together 3/4 cup grated cheese and flour. stir in chopped turkey, diced celery, mayonnaise, 1/3 cup chopped toasted almonds, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper. on lightly floured surface, roll out dough n rectangle shape to fit 9" x 13" baking dish. transfer dough to dish being careful not to stretch pastry. turn under the edges, and flute to seal to dish spoon turkey mixture into pastry crust. sprinkle with remaining grated cheddar cheese and chopped toasted almonds. bake 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and thoroughly heated. 8 servings. I like this cause it uses up not only a lot of the leftover turkey but the celery that i always seem to have in excess as well! 
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Baked/Fried/Grilled Turkey Recipes
Deep Fried Turkey

Grilled Marinated Turkey Breast
Grilled Turkey Tenderloin
Impossible Turkey Pie (makes its own crust)
Marinated Turkey Breast
Smoked Turkey Jerky
Turkey and Noodles
Turkey and Rice
Turkey Enchilada Pie
Turkey Hash
Turkey in a Brown Bag
Turkey Mornay

Casseroles Recipes
Baked Turkey Salad
Barbecue Turkey Loaf
Barbecued Turkey Bake
Bisquick Turkey Casserole
Glazed Turkey Meatloaf
Sour Cream Turkey Enchiladas
Spaghetti Turkey Casserole
Turkey Mushroom Casserole
Turkey Green Bean Casserole
Turkey and Green Bean Casserole #2
Turkey Rice Casserole

Crockpot Recipes
Crockpot Turkey Potato Dish
Crock Pot Baked Turkey
Crock Pot Turkey Soup
Crockpot Turkey Soup #2

Turkey Asparagus Soup

Sauces | Glazes Recipes
Blackberry Sauce for Turkey

Gravy Recipes
Turkey Giblet Gravy
Turkey Gravy 

Stuffing/Stuffing Recipes
Apricot Stuffing for Turkey
Bread Stuffing
Bread Dressing or Stuffing for Turkey
Cornbread Apple Stuffing for Turkey
Cornbread Stuffing 
Cornmeal Dressing #2
Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing
Cranberry Pecan Stuffing
English Turkey Stuffing
Herb Stuffing with Turkey
Jimmy Dean Sausage Stuffing
Oyster Stuffing for Turkey
Pineapple Glaze for Turkey
Scalloped Turkey
Smoked Bourbon Turkey
Smoked Turkey
Turkey and Stuffing
Turkey Bread Stuffing
Turkey Dressing
Turkey Dressing #2

Turkey Salad Recipes
Cranberry Turkey Salad
Curried Turkey Salad
Leftover Turkey Cranberry Salad Recipe
Turkey Apple and Avocado Salad
Grape Turkey Salad
Turkey and Apple Salad
Turkey Salad with Cranberry Dressing

Other Turkey Recipes
Creamed Turkey
Skillet Turkey Dish
Turkey and Dumplings
Turkey Fritters
Turkey Meatloaf
Turkey in Orange Sauce
Leftover Turkey Stir Fry
Turkey Vegetable Soup

Leftover Turkey Recipes
Leftover Turkey Barbecue
Leftover Turkey Biscuit Casserole
Leftover Turkey Celery Salad
Leftover Turkey Chowder
Leftover Turkey Divan
Leftover Turkey and Dressing Soup
Leftover Turkey Dumplings Recipe
Leftover Turkey and Dressing Soup
Leftover Turkey Eggplant Casserole
Leftover Turkey Enchiladas
Leftover Turkey Fried Rice
Turkey Noodle Casserole (60 Servings)
Leftover Mandarin Turkey Salad
Leftover Scalloped Turkey
Leftover Turkey Broccoli Casserole
Leftover Turkey Casserole
Leftover Turkey and Cheese Muffins
Leftover Turkey Croquettes
Leftover Turkey and Hashbrowns
Leftover Turkey and Macaroni Salad
Leftover Sweet and Sour Turkey
Leftover Turkey Gumbo
Leftover Turkey Patties
Leftover Turkey Patties with Cranberry Sauce
Leftover Turkey Pilaf
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie #2
Leftover Turkey Primavera
Leftover Turkey Quiche
Leftover Turkey Roll-Ups
Leftover Turkey Sandwiches
Leftover Turkey Scramble
Leftover Turkey Sloppy Joes
Leftover Turkey Spaghetti with Green Peppers
Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini
Leftover Turkey Tortillas
Leftover Turkey and Wild Rice Soup