How Long Do You Roast a Turkey?


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To cook a stuffed 10- to 12-pound turkey, roast it stuffed under a foil tent for 2 hours in a 325 F oven. Remove the foil, baste again and roast at 425 F for another hour or until the thigh temperature reaches 165 F.

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How Long Do You Roast a Turkey?
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Full Answer

For larger birds, add 15 minutes per pound to the initial two hours cooking time at 325 F, which is the minimum oven temperature recommended by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Cooking times may vary as long as the thickest part of the bird or the stuffing reaches 165 F as measured with a meat thermometer.

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