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Mama’s Overnight Easy & Perfect-Every-Time Turkey

Mama's Overnight Easy & Perfect-Every-Time Turkey
Mama’s Overnight Easy & Perfect-Every-Time Turkey

Nothing is worse than a dried-out bird on Thanksgiving Day, save your family from a dehydrated dinner with this Easy & Perfect-Every-Time Turkey Recipe from Mama’s Mama (a.k.a. MiMi). Just in time for Thanksgiving this week, give it a try!

I would suggest that you only use this method in an oven that is not as antique as mine. One well insulated, like most ovens of this century. I used my mother’s oven last year to make sure I didn’t make anyone sick. Here’s the Instagram of it. I’d say you’re oven is safe as long as it has all it’s original insulation and was built in the last few decades.

Side note: I may have never told you about my oven, Betty, and it seems it’s probably time to because I’ll be writing her eulogy this week as well. Ah, Betty, my oven … what can I say about such a fine piece of GE metal? We’re really not sure how old she was, a friend brought her over from Texas 20 years ago, and she was getting on up in years back then. I’d say she came to be in the 1950’s or 60’s. She’s the kind with a big space in between the eyes which doubles as extra counter space in such a small kitchen. She has the neat-o push button eye controls. I’ll miss her extra drawers for storing things. She’s been a good oven, but all of her insulation is gone and while my kitchen is older than her, it’s not by much, and there’s no kitchen vent or hood which causes the temps in my tiny kitchen to soar to incredible heights on already hot summer days. Now in the winter, she’s been an extra good friend because I would crack the door after cooking is finished to warm up the same small kitchen. Thanks for the memories Betty, you’ll never be forgotten. Although we are replacing you with a newer and younger model we know she’ll never last as long as you. They just don’t make ’em like they used to. {Wipes tear, sniff sniff.}

Enough of that foolishness, and on to the recipe. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends! I’m thankful for you and all those out there cooking for their families this year! Put your phone down and talk.

Mama’s Overnight Easy & Perfect-Every-Time Turkey

Ingredients:
Turkey
Celery (cut into stalks)
Onion
Green Apple

Directions:
Salt & PepperPreheat oven to 500˚. Wash turkey inside and out (throw away stuff from inside – don’t forget the neck, I didn’t know they put that in there, ewww). Salt & pepper inside and out – be generous (unless you have a relative with heart issues). Stuff celery stalks, onion, & apple inside bird. Bake with 1.5 quarts of water in a blue goose or other roasting pan covered at 500˚ for 1 hour and 10 minutes. TURN OFF OVEN AND FORGET IT. It’s best to do this around 7pm at night. NO PEEKING. Wake in the morning to a perfectly cooked bird, moist and juicy. It worked for me and has always worked for my mother.

*Now, don’t try to sue me if your bird isn’t cooked. I don’t have anything you’d want anyway. While our bird has always turned out perfectly I know strange things can happen on the internet. Don’t eat raw turkey. You know what a cooked turkey is supposed to look like. If you forgot to turn your oven on, yikes. Maybe next year.

Mama’s Overnight Easy & Perfect-Every-Time Turkey

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours

Total Time: 12 hours, 15 minutes

Mama’s Overnight Easy & Perfect-Every-Time Turkey

Overnight Easy & Perfect Turkey - Baked

Ingredients

  • Turkey
  • Celery (cut into stalks)
  • Onion
  • Green Apple
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500˚.
  2. Wash turkey inside and out (throw away stuff from inside - don't forget the neck, I didn't know they put that in there, ewww).
  3. Salt & pepper inside and out - be generous (unless you have a relative with heart issues).
  4. Stuff celery stalks, onion, & apple inside bird.
  5. Bake with 1.5 quarts of water in a blue goose or other roasting pan covered at 500˚ for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  6. TURN OFF OVEN AND FORGET IT. It's best to do this around 7pm at night. NO PEEKING. Wake in the morning to a perfectly cooked bird, moist and juicy. It worked for me and has always worked for my mother. **Now, don't try to sue me if your bird isn't cooked. I don't have anything you'd want anyway. While our bird has always turned out perfectly I know strange things can happen on the internet. Don't eat raw turkey. You know what a cooked turkey is supposed to look like. If you forgot to turn your oven on, yikes. Maybe next year.
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