I love roasting turkey in a roaster oven. If you don’t own one, they are excellent for extra oven space when you entertain or during holiday gatherings and your oven is full to the brim. They bake cakes, muffins, cookies, and meats just beautifully! And they are getting so cheap, one can be had for sometimes as little as $29 during the holiday season sales. I paid $60 for my first one in the 60’s, when $60 was worth a lot more than it is today! I find a roaster oven to be the most useful and versatile small appliance in my kitchen after an electric mixer. I can carry it out onto the patio to cook outdoors in summertime, eliminating excess kitchen heat, as well. 🙂
You go about cooking turkey in a roaster oven pretty much as you would in a regular oven. Just be sure you buy a bird that will FIT in your roaster oven! I cover the wing tips and drumstick knobs with foil when I first put it in the oven, as the bird sits so close to the lid where heat can rise and overcook those areas. They consistently come out delicious, moist and tender. More moist that my usual inside oven turkeys in fact! The skin doesn’t get quite as crispy cooked in a roaster oven, but it is crisp enough for me to get that level of moist cooking. Turkey is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, Primal and Paleo diets alike.
1 12-13 lb. turkey, thawed (follow chart on wrapper for a larger bird)
4 T. melted butter
Dash each of salt and black pepper
4 small pieces of foil
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 325º. Open turkey wrapper and remove bird to a clean sink. Remove the leg binding gadget. Remove giblets and set aside for making your gravy. I only use the neck meat for gravy and my dog usually gets the liver, heart and gizzard in her dinners over a week or so. I like to eat them; I just don’t like them in my gravy much.
I like to rinse out the inside of the bird. Pat the exterior dry with paper towels. Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Place turkey, breast side up in a pan large enough to hold it. Baste with the butter all over on the outside and inside with a basting brush, using half the butter. Sprinkle bird inside and out with salt and pepper. I cook my dressing outside the bird as I like it to brown. You can add some chunks of celery, onion and parsley if you like to the cavity, but I do not. Your call there, but be sure to add those carbs below if you do. Cover wing tips and leg knuckles with foil so they will not burn.
Place pan with bird into the roaster oven, cover with lid and cook, for 1½ hours. Open oven and baste with remaining butter. Recover and cook for 1 hour and check for doneness with a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast and around the thing-leg joint (slowest area to get done). You want the thermometer to read 170º. Cook for another 30 minutes or so, checking with thermometer every 10-15 minutes now so as to not over cook. Remove when it has reached 170º internal temperature. Set on cutting board for 15-20 minutes before attempting to carve to avoid tearing up the meat and all the juices running out. You want those juices to STAY in the meat. This turkey should be extremely moist. Roaster ovens do an incredibly good job at moist heat roasting.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: I can’t know what pieces or amount you will eat, so I’ll provide some numbers for both white meat and dark meat.
4 oz. dark meat contains: 250 calories, 13 g fat, 0 carbs, 0 fiber, o net carbs, 31 g protein and 269 mg sodium
4 oz. white meat, skin eaten contains: 222 calories, 9.4 g fat, 0 carbs, 0 fiber, 0 net carbs, 32.3 g protein and 255 mg sodium