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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?

asked by Janet Greenfield about 1 year ago
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Leslie Stephens

Assistant Editor, Food52

added about 1 year ago

Here's a guide for turkey cook times! https://food52.com/blog... and keep in mind that stuffed birds take longer than non-stuffed :)

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Leslie Stephens

Assistant Editor, Food52

added about 1 year ago

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.

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Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

added about 1 year ago

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: https://food52.com/blog...

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Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

added about 1 year ago

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.