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Easter Turkey

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This is my personal preference to prepare Easter Turkey for our family at home. You will find tons of variations, but this is how we like it

Easter Turkey dinner is a classic for families all across North America. Whether you live in the USA or up here in Canada, chances are good that your family will have a turkey on the table when Easter comes around.

How Long to Roast a Turkey:

  1. 4 to 8 pounds (breast only): 1 ½ to 3¼ hours.
  2. 8 to 12 pounds: 2¾ to 3 hours.
  3. 12 to 14 pounds: 3 to 3¾ hours.
  4. 14 to 18 pounds: 3¾ to 4¼ hours.
  5. 18 to 20 pounds: 4¼ to 4½ hours.
  6. 20 to 24 pounds: 4½ to 5 hours.


  • 1 Turkey (big enough to feed your family)
  • 1 Onion
  • Spices as per your personal preference
Easter Turkey dinner


  1. Add some spices to the bottom of your baking dish.
  2. Now place the turkey on top of these spices.
  3. OK, I hear you all say that we have the turkey the wrong way facing up. In fact, we prefer it this way because… when you place the thick white flesh at the bottom, then the dripping (fat) runs into the white flesh and you will be ensured of a very nice and juicy turkey.
  4. Cut the onion into slices, and then into smaller chunks.  Fill the cavity with some of the onion.
  5. Liberally spice the turkey and end it off with the remainder of the onion.
  6. You will notice that we have one of those turkey strings to pick it up once cooked.
  7. It works well, especially if you want to turn the turkey around after cooking before you start slicing it.
  8. This time we decided not to do the traditional stuffing, although we do it most of the time.
  9. Bake the turkey at 180C / 350F for 3-4 hours.
  10. Please note:  This will all depend on the size of the turkey used. (see guide above)
  11. You will know when it is ready, especially when the meat is soft and tender and pulls away from the bone.
  12. All that remains to be done, slice, and enjoy!!!

Source: Own creation
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