Nov 22, 2011 • By

How to cook a turkey

As I prepare to host another Thanksgiving dinner at my home, I can honestly say I’m not too stressed out about it.

But that certainly wasn’t the case the first time I had to make a turkey.

Sure, it’s not easy to have 15 relatives in my house. And feed them all! But the fact that I’ve made a few turkeys in my day keeps me from going crazy. Like anything, practice makes perfect.

Well, we wanted to capture that first-time cooking a turkey anxiety, so we put out a call on Twitter for someone who is feeling the pressure of putting a bird in the oven.

We found Angie Thompson. And she turned out to be the perfect candidate.

She’s hosting her extended family this Thanksgiving and has never made a turkey. But with the help of Kristen Olson, a food editor with Betty Crocker, we put Thompson’s fears to rest.

In this video, Kristen walked her through the simple steps to prepare a turkey for the oven:

Thompson felt a lot more confident after leaving the kitchen!

Of course, cooking time varies for a turkey depending on the weight. suggests you roast a turkey at 325 degrees.

If you need more turkey or Thanksgiving help, check out “Betty 911” on Twitter and Facebook. Your cooking and baking questions will be answered by the Betty Crocker Kitchens team from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central time now through Thursday night.

Or, look at the answers to some common turkey questions, on