While the Norman Rockwell vision of the holiday table portrays a huge, gleaming roasted turkey brought out to cries of delight, often that turkey is unevenly cooked. Unless you want to cook your turkey frozenit's difficult to get the dark meat legs and thighs cooked through before the white meat breast overcooks. The geometry of the turkey is the problem.
Preheat your oven to degrees, any cooler you risk the chance of bacteria multiplying, and any hotter you may dry out your bird! Rinse the turkey inside and out with cold running water. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
Instead of a wet brine, this bird uses an overnight dry salt and sugar cure, which concentrates flavor. If you want to leave the skin on, it will add 25 calories and 1g of sat fat per serving. Hard herbs fresh sage, rosemary, and thyme hold up beautifully while roasting, imparting a woodsy, savory note to the meat.
Grilled turkey pieces are a healthy and delicious option, year-round. The grilling technique is identical to cooking bone-in chicken pieces over a two-zone fire. But the results are spectacular—decadent drumsticks to chew on and smoky breast meat for sandwiches and more. All in just seven simple steps.
When it comes to holidays, tradition often trumps tastiness. But sometimesevery so oftena delicious new something breaks through. But these are relatively timid nods toward improving the Thanksgiving table.
To make the most of things, we sear the skin both before and after we cook the meat, locking in flavor and ensuring we develop the impossibly crisp quality that comes only with this combination of slow cooking and searing. If you are looking to cook a full turkey sous vide—and experience the best Thanksgiving ever while you are at it—head to our complete turkey guide to get the full run-down on when to do what. Why do I need to sear my turkey twice?
That temperature is burned into my memory. Salmonella lurks around every corner. But, every now and then, I would see a rogue number.
Easy Roasted Turkey Thighs make a small Thanksgiving meal a one oven dinner. Easy Roasted Turkey Thighs cook in a single baking pan alongside three other dishes in one oven making your whole Thanksgiving meal easy enough to cook in one oven. This dish is meant to be an easier way to make your Thanksgiving turkey! Cooking turkey parts instead of the entire bird serves a few purposes.
Ted Allen created this recipe for Epicurious as part of a Thanksgiving menu. For Allen's tips on throwing a Thanksgiving party, click here. You can marinate the turkey in brine, as specified here, or you can skip that step and just rub the pieces with butter, salt, pepper, and herbs.
No other holiday has such a laser focus on a single piece of food—the Thanksgiving Turkey. Say what you will about the sweet potatoes, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, the pies, even the rolls oh, those rolls ; all eyes are on the turkey on Thanksgiving afternoon. If the turkey is just perfect, everything seems brighter. And YET, how often do you cook a whole turkey during the other days of the year?