Turkey is the centrepiece of the Thanksgiving feast and you want to make sure that it looks great and tastes delicious. Although there’s no one right way to cook a turkey, here are some tips that can help ensure yours turns out great!
1. Brine it
- One of the best ways to make sure the meat of your turkey turns out moist and flavorful is to use a salt brine.
- To do this, rub coarse sea salt all over the body of a thawed turkey, including inside the skin.
- Then enclose the turkey in a large plastic bag that you can seal.
- Keep it refrigerated for two days.
- The day before Thanksgiving, turn the turkey upside down to let the juices move around the turkey.
- Keep the bird stored upside down until you’re ready to cook it.
2. Truss loosely
- Don’t tie the legs of the turkey too tight or they will take much longer to roast and the breast meat will overcook while the legs are cooking.
- Before putting the bird in the pan, fold back the wings and use string to tie the legs loosely.
3. Use a steady temperature
- When it comes to roasting turkey meat, maintaining a low, steady temperature of 325 F (163 C) degrees from start to finish will yield the best results.
- Use a meat thermometer to tell when your turkey has finished cooking (the internal temperature should be about 165 F (74 degrees C).
- It’s best to stick the thermometer in the breast and also in the area between the breast and the leg to make sure it’s ready.
4. Cook it upside down
- Sometimes cooking a turkey upside down helps to hold in its natural juices and make its flavor richer.
- Otherwise, the breasts tend to dry out a little.
- Roast it upside down for an hour and then flip the turkey right side up, taking care to protect your hands from the heat and raw meat.
- When you are ready to serve the turkey, prepare a bed of greens with colourful vegetables like radishes and cherry tomatoes around the perimeter.
- Place the full turkey on this bed and garnish it with parsley, rosemary or other herbs to make a special presentation.
- Follow these tips to help your turkey turn out the best it possibly can so that you have a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner this year.