Turkey Cooking Tips That Will Change The Way You Do Thanksgiving
Each and every Thanksgiving, cooking the turkey is pretty much the same. Stuff the bird, put it in the oven and baste it every so often, right? The turkey is always delicious, but don’t you ever find yourself wanting to kick it up a notch? If you’re tired of the status quo of Thanksgiving turkey, here are a couple of turkey cooking tips you may want to put into use this year.
Is The Grill Still Out?
What’s more American than a family barbecue? If you haven’t yet put your grill away for the winter, you may want to consider grilling this year’s Thanksgiving bird. Put together a homemade marinade and get ready to have a Thanksgiving dinner like no other.
To grill your thanksgiving turkey, you’re going to want to cut it into four sections and make sure you remove the bone from the breast. Refrigerate the turkey overnight and then a half-hour prior to grilling, take the turkey out of the fridge. Put the turkey skin-side-down on the grill for about half an hour. Then flip the meat over and grill until the internal temperature of the meat reaches about 180 degrees. Take the bird off the grill and you’ve got delectable Thanksgiving turkey to feed your guests.
All Things Fried
It may not be healthy, but this is America baby — and in this country we fry EVERYTHING. Hey, we even fry ice cream! If you’ve never fried your Thanksgiving turkey, you don’t know what you’re missing. Fried turkeys taste fabulous and believe it or not, they’re not at all greasy.
If you don’t have a deep fryer large enough to accommodate a turkey, call your local party rental store and ask if they have any available. Then take your turkey (try to keep it under 15 pounds since any more than that and the outcome won’t be as good) and inject it with marinade. Then deep fry the bird for about three minutes per pound.
Just remember, when you’re deep frying your turkey, don’t stuff it. It doesn’t work and it will be a huge mess. Also make sure you deep fry your turkey OUTSIDE! You’re going to be heating A LOT of oil. Do it outside and away from the house.
A Sucker For Tradition
If the thought of cooking your turkey any way other than the traditional is pure Thanksgiving blasphemy, we have some tips for you too.
If you’re going to get a fresh turkey, don’t buy it too soon. You should wait just one or two days before you plan on cooking your turkey to purchase it.
When you do buy your turkey, make sure you buy one big enough to feed your guests. A general rule of thumb is that you should have one pound of turkey for each of the guests you’ll be serving. If fifteen people will be at Thanksgiving dinner, your turkey will need to be at least fifteen pounds.
And always remember, pre-stuffed turkeys are a big no-no. If you buy a pre-stuffed turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, you’re just asking for a bout of food poisoning. Do yourself and your guests a favor and take the extra five minutes to stuff the turkey yourself.
By using our top-secret turkey tips this Thanksgiving, you’ll have a bird day that’s one the entire family will remember and you may start some new Thanksgiving dinner traditions.