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Ina Garten's Accidental Turkey

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I saw the recipe in this Monty's Food Network magazine and decided to go with it for Thanksgiving. It is seasoned and sitting uncovered in fridge today as per the recipe.

Anyway, my husband started asking me how long it was going to take to cook and didn't believe me when I said 2 hours. It calls for 450 for 45 minutes and then 325 for another hour. Could that be right? He swears it will take 4-5 hours to cook the turkey.

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  1. Ina's sounds about right to me. If I looked up the correct recipe, she calls for a 12-14 lb. bird.
    I've done Alton Brown recipe for years, and have had no complaints. His times are based on a 14-16 lb. bird and uses 500deg for the first half hour and 350 for an additional 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.

    Alton pulls the bird when the breast is 161 degF. Ina says 165. I'd go with Alton's number.

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    1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

      I'd go lower. 155 max. I hate tough white meat. The key is a good long rest under a tent.

    2. This was a great recipe! The recipe called for a 12-14 pound turkey and mine was 16 pounds so it took a bit longer than the hour and 45 minutes that the recipe called for.

      The bird had great flavor and was exceptionally juicy and delicious. My husband and I actually had a turkey throwdown today. He did a deep-fried one and I did this roasted one. They were both good but everyone agreed that Ina's Accidental Turkey was the better bird today.