Happy Thanksgiving! From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy a day that’s filled with food, laughs and memories that last long beyond that second, third or fourth helping.
About that food, though—if you’re still wondering how to craft the perfect meal (including, of course, the show-stopper turkey), worry not. We are here to help! Read on as we share a few of our top tips for preparing a turkey that “wows” the family, and all the trimmings to go with it. Take a look.
The solution to perfectly moist, delicious meat that wows the crowd might just be cooking two turkeys. But don’t worry—doubling up won’t mean twice the work.
Instead of one large turkey, such as a 20-pounder, you might find success cooking two smaller 10-pound turkeys. Cooking them together, side-by-side, won’t take any more time, and can potentially help you cook the meat more evenly and quickly, too, if overcooking has been a problem in the past. And of course, with two turkeys comes the opportunity to get creative with your preparation. Everyone always swears by a specific recipe or method, so try two and see which one wins over the crowd! One thing’s for sure—the family that loves leftovers can never have too much turkey.
Brine for juicy success
Brining your turkey overnight can help infuse the meat with seasonal flavors that permeate the skin—while soaking it in water helps keep it moist and juicy.
Another helpful way to ensure quicker, more even cooking is to cook your stuffing outside of the turkey.
A fast-paced start
Some home chefs recommend heating the turkey at a higher temperature (such as 425 degrees) for a quick burst of time at the beginning, so that it develops a crisp skin quickly while preserving the moisture inside for the rest of the slower-temp cooking duration.
Rest and relax
Just like a good steak, roast turkey benefits from resting a bit before being cut into. After you take the turkey out of the oven, give it a break—and give yourself one, too!—before carving to enjoy a juicy, flavorful experience.
Tips for carefree prep…
Now that you’ve mastered the turkey prep, here are our tips for bringing it all together!
We hope that today’s tips help you enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving spread! Of course, it’s only the beginning of a memorable holiday. Supply friends, family and lots of laughs to complete the fun.