Rosemary-Orange Slow Roasted Whole Turkey
This flavorful holiday turkey is easy to make as long as you have the time to let it slow roast. Be sure to bring the turkey to room temperature before rubbing it with the butter-citrus rub (this can take 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of your turkey). I prefer to cook this citrus turkey recipe at 250 degrees F. A 17-pound turkey at this temperature will take around 7 hours to fully cook, while a 12-pound turkey will take around 5 hours to fully cook (use the calculations in the tip below to determine cooking time). If the turkey is not at room temperature before roasting, then it may take longer. Always calculate based on the lesser amount of time! You can always add more time to keep cooking the bird, but you can't take it away. Overcooked turkey will be dry, so be sure to get a meat thermometer before you begin cooking to monitor the doneness of the meat.