The roaster oven is a home cook’s best friend on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you are using it to cook a whole turkey, bake a casserole for a crowd, or keep food warm on a buffet, it allows you to be truly flexible on one of the most hectic meal-planning days of the year.
The Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 22 Quart Roaster Oven is perfect for turkeys up to 24 pounds. Because it’s such a spacious roaster oven, the Test Kitchen thought why not cook two? I think everyone has family members who prefer only white meat, so we decided to cook one whole turkey and a turkey breast at the same time. That way you have plenty of light and dark meat the day of and can either slice the breast for those that prefer breast meat, or have extra turkey ready to send home with guests as leftovers to enjoy after they recover from their inevitable Thanksgiving food coma.
Stuff the skin of your whole turkey with pads of homemade herbed butter and thinly sliced granny smith apples, then coat the turkey with a mixture of salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. The mixture not only seasons the bird, the paprika helps add a little bit of color. Season the turkey breast with the same salt mixture and stuff the cavities with the remaining apples and some onion wedges.
After the turkey is done and sliced, use the roaster oven pan drippings to make an apple cider gravy to drizzle over the star of the show. The apples and herb butter create a succulent layer beneath the skin and the gravy pulls it all together. The flavors are perfectly Thanksgiving-y. Your guests will be thankful they were invited to enjoy a delicious meal at your table, and will be even more thankful they have leftovers (courtesy of the roaster oven) to enjoy the next day.
When the occasion calls for a large entree, cook it in the 22 Quart Roaster Oven instead of your main oven. As it roasts, meat is surrounded with steam for moist, flavorful results that always get compliments.