How long to roast a 12.5 turkey (stuffed) at 350 degrees? Recipe calls for it to be covered tightly with parchment and then foil over that.

Recipe (Persian style turkey braise with pomegranate sauce) says to cook for 5 hrs. This seems too long? Also, I will be making a rice stuffing. Can this be made a day ahead?

Janet Greenfield


Kenzi W. November 25, 2015
And yes, you should be able to make the rice stuffing ahead! I might even suggest making it in a separate casserole (rather than in the bird)—this way you'll have a bit more control over both dishes.
Kenzi W. November 25, 2015
For a turkey that size, 5 hours at that low of a temperature does not seem long. So you're not relying on just a time alone, use a thermometer to help you: one inserted into the deepest part of the thigh should read 165° F. Here are some tips for cooking it faster:
Leslie S. November 25, 2015
And actually 350 for 5 hours sounds like an ok ballpark—just check the temperature regularly and take it out when a meat thermometer reads 160° F.
Leslie S. November 25, 2015
Here's a guide for turkey cook times! and keep in mind that stuffed birds take longer than non-stuffed :)
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