How large a turkey should I purchase?
Allow 1 pound per person, for an average serving, or 1-1/2 pounds per person if you want leftovers.
How long to cook it?
For an unstuffed turkey:
- 8-12 pounds 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours
- 12-16 pounds 3-1/2 to 4 hours
- 16-20 pounds 4 to 4-1/2 hours
- 20-26 pounds 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours
add 20 to 40 minutes for a stuffed turkey.
And, how do I tell if it is done?
Insert an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh. Your turkey is done when it registers 170°F. Stuffing should be 165°F.
Be sure to let the turkey rest at least 15 minutes, under a foil tent, before carving it.