There's a lot that goes into planning Thanksgiving dinner but don't let it intimidate you.These turkey cooking tips, side ideas and more will help make your big feast a big success.
Rule of thumb for whole birds or breasts is one pound per person. Add an extra half pound per person for leftovers.
24-28 pounds12-14 pounds6 pounds (bone-in breast)
20 people10 people5 people
From roasting to smoking to deep frying, there are several methods to cooking the perfect turkey. Here's what you need to know to make sure your bird comes out amazing.
Why it’s great:
In addition to bringing out traditional flavors, roasting makes it convenient for you to cook your stuffing inside the turkey. Plus, you can re-use the delicious drippings to make gravy.
What you need:
Things to know:
No turkey rack? Prop yourbird with carrots,celery and onions.
Let the turkey rest at least 15 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute. Or, skip the prep work and opt for a pre-cooked Member’s Mark Smoked Turkey.
The beauty of smoking a turkey is that it results in rich, complex, smoky flavor. It takes longer to cook since you’re using lower temperatures. However, it’s almost impossibleto overcook.
Deep frying is the fastest way to cook a turkey that keeps juices in and makes the skin extra crispy. However, this involves hot oil, so be careful.
If you love the flavor of a deep fried turkey,but don’t want to deal with the hassle, go forthe Butterball Deep Fried Turkey Breast.
Why brine? Some chefs say that this method helps your turkey lock in more juices, which makes it moist and tender. There are two ways to brine a turkey.
Requires soaking your turkey in salt water overnight in the refrigerator. For more flavor, you can add your favorite herbs, including bay leaves, thyme and sage.
Means just rubbing your turkey with salt, above and below the skin, and letting it sit in the fridge for a day.
Want a brined turkey, without the effort? Try the Honeysuckle White Frozen Boneless Turkey Breast. It comes pre-brined so you can just cook it from frozen.
If you’re looking for a tasty twist to your classics, try thesedelicious ideas that’ll wow the crowd.
Mix potatoes with Gruyere, pat intocakes and top with chives and crème fraiche.
Top the beans withlemon and grated nutmeg.
Cut the pie into individual servings andtop with whipped cream and pumpkin spice.
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Save your Thanksgiving dinner from any gravy disasters with these simple tips:
If your gravy is...
Greasy - Lay a slice of bread on top for a few seconds to absorb the fat.
Lumpy - Run it in the food processor until smooth.
Salty - Cut a raw potato into cubes, add it to your gravy and cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Then remove.
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