Preparing a Memorable Feast
What do people
associate with Thanksgiving? Chances are it's a table full of
delicious food being shared and savored with friends and family.
Whether you're a pro at cooking a Thanksgiving meal or you're doing
it for the very first time, here's a quick guide to preparing a
Finding the Perfect Turkey
picking out that bird estimate about one pound per person, which
will allow for plenty of second helpings and leftovers. Make sure
you thaw the turkey completely before cooking. Always thaw the
turkey in the refrigerator, never at room temperature. Allow 24 hours for every
6 pounds of turkey (that means a 24-pounder will take about 4 days). Once it's done
thawing you're left with the next big question: to stuff or not to
Stuffing recipes are like
snowflakes; no two are the same. Find one that is right for your meal and go
with it. Then you must decide whether you will cook your stuffing inside the
turkey or out. Putting it inside the turkey increases the cooking time, but will also increases the flavor. It's your call.
It's perfectly safe to stuff a bird as long as you cook the
turkey until the stuffing registers 165°F on a thermometer.
If the bird is very big and the stuffing isn't cooking quickly
enough, scoop it out into a casserole and bake it separately.
When the Pilgrims and Indians
had their inaugural Thanksgiving meal, they celebrated their
bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables. In keeping with
tradition, why not try seasonal vegetables associated with the fall,
such as red potatoes, baby carrots, fennel and parsnip. Flavor them
with garlic, thyme and a splash of olive oil. Then roast them in the
oven to get a robust flavor.
perfect compliment to a Thanksgiving meal is a pie for dessert.
There are plenty you can buy already made at the store, but this can
be your crowning achievement for the meal. Making and baking your
own pie will impress others and give you a great sense of
accomplishment for a perfect holiday feast.
is no way to be sure that turkey was part of the first
Thanksgiving meal. At that time in 1621, the term "turkey"
meant any sort of wild fowl. It is likely that the first meal
had venison and not turkey on the table. Regardless, the first
Thanksgiving was meant to mirror a traditional English harvest
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