What sized turkey do you need?
A good rule of thumb is to allow 10-12 oz uncooked meat per person. If you are serving duck this would change to 4-6oz uncooked per person, and for goose allow 8-12oz.
Cooking times for turkey
The following times are a good guideline for turkey cooking times in an oven at 190 degrees centigrade. You will find a handy temperature conversion chart on my other site, if your cooker is marked in Fahrenheit or is gas.
1.5 - 2.5 kg (3 - 5lb)
||1.5 to 1.75 hours or 1.75 to 2 hours in foil|
||1.75 - 2 hours or 2 - 2.25 hours in foil|
||2 - 2.5 hours or 2.5 - 2.75 hours in foil|
||2.25-2.75 hours or 2.5-3 hours in foil|
||2.75-3 hours or 3-3.25 hours in foil|
||3.25-3.5 hours or 3.75-4 hours in foil|
The weights in the table above relate to a stuffed turkey.
Once the bird is cooked allow another 15 minutes for it to rest before serving time (out of the oven) while you make the turkey gravy.
For a large turkey it may cook better if you first lay the bird on its side and cook for half the time before turning it over. This way the heat penetrates the legs ensuring they are cooked through.
To keep the turkey moist you need to put plenty of butter on the breast and you may also like to lay bacon rashers on top, remembering to remove them 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time to allow the breast to brown.