The Easiest Way to Roast a Turkey

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Craig Claiborne’s Kitchen Primer

Craig Claiborne’s Kitchen Primer

By Craig Claiborne

Published 1969

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  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Sprinkle the inside cavity of the turkey with salt and pepper. Stuff the turkey if desired.

  3. Place the turkey breast-side up on a rack in an open roasting pan.

  4. Using the fingers or a “mop” made of absorbent toweling, rub the outside of the turkey generously with shortening or butter.

  5. Sprinkle the outside of the turkey with salt and pepper.

  6. Dip a large length of cheesecloth in melted shortening or butter or rub the cheesecloth with shortening or butter. Drape the cheesecloth over the breast of the turkey.

  7. Place the turkey in the oven. Do not add water. Using a large kitchen spoon, baste the turkey once or twice with the drippings in the pan. Thirty minutes before the turkey is to be done, remove the cheesecloth. This will permit the turkey to brown. If it seems that the turkey is becoming too brown, cover it with a loose “tent” of aluminum foil.