No brining or babysitting is needed for this recipe — just a good bird, started from room temperature, cooked in a calibrated oven (meaning you know the exact inside temperature — ask at the hardware store for the $4 oven thermometer that hooks onto a rack) for the amount of time needed for your size bird (see below), and finished when an instant-read thermometer reaches 165°F. This turkey can be cooked stuffed with Fig and Pancetta Stuffing or Basic Bread Stuffing. Or it does not have to be stuffed at all.
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Excerpted from Mad Hungry Family by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2016. Photograph by Jonathan Lovekin.