Learning how to cook a turkey is easy! The easiest way to prepare a turkey is to roast it.
For high temperature roasting, put the turkey on its side, on a rack in a roasting pan. Layer slices of salt pork over the breast and rub the bird down with butter. Put in a preheated 425 degree F oven for fifteen minutes, then turn it over and roast for fifteen minutes on its other side. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and continue roasting, turning the bird from side to side and basting it with its own fat. The time for roasting should be twenty minutes per pound. Put the turkey on its back for the last fifteen minutes.
The turkey that most people eat for feasts is descended from the wild turkey, which is still hunted and eaten and which is considerably leaner than today’s farm-raised turkey. The wild turkey, for one thing, is still able to fly. (Interesting fact for the day.)
Wines that go well with turkey are chilled beaujolais nouveau, verdicchio, fumé blanc and zinfandel. Wild turkey might be served with petite sirah or a barolo. Turkey is often eaten with sweet potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.
Turkey is high in protein and tryptophan, an amino acid that helps cause that sleepy feeling a diner gets after they’ve had a turkey dinner!