Turkey roasting questions?
I'm cooking a 9.5 lb turkey tomorrow. I'm going to try the high heat roasting method. I live at 7000' elevation and from what I read should expect an extra 25% cooking time. The bird is still partially frozen so I plan to give it a cold water bath today. I may be sort of combining cooking suggestions so I want to make sure I'm planning this right.
Open, rinse, remove giblets & let the turkey warm to room temp while covered with moist towel. Preheat (clean) oven to 500. Salt & pepper the bird, stuff with apple & onion.
I found these cooking times online:
Weight: 9 to 10 pounds
Stuffed: 1 hour 45 minutes
Unstuffed: 1 hour 15 minutes
If I stuff it loosely with the apple & onion (just for flavor), do I need to cook to the stuffed time or the unstuffed time?
How long should I leave the bird at room temperature before roasting?
Do I need to use a rack in the roasting pan?
Thanks for any advice! I have dinner guests coming tomorrow. Usually DH is the turkey-cook but he's not here, so that just leaves me!