Nov 27
2013

Thanksgiving Help Is Here: Turkey, Gravy & Carving

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Never fret…Thanksgiving help is here! From roasting a turkey and carving it to making the perfect gravy, all of your turkey day questions are answered here.
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Last year at this time, I published a Thanksgiving hotline post. You know, all of those things that send you into a tailspin. Those things that make you throw a hissy fit that will leave even your 3-year old niece bug-eyed and horrified. Just when you think everything is in order…table set, mashed potatoes mashed, pies perfectly decorated with whipped cream…things start to unravel.

There are lumps in the gravy, you can’t tell if the turkey is done properly and, even when it is done, you can’t figure out how the heck to carve it without making it look as though your friendly, neighborhood TRex passed through for a snack.

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You don’t want to end up looking like this lady, do you? (Photo credit: Sodahead.com) Not pretty.

Yep, been there. In fact, I’ve been there more times than I can count. You won’t ever get me to ‘fess up to the hissy fits…and my family members better not comment on this post or there will be no pumpkin pie for you.

Ah…the season of gratitude and love.

I have felt your pain…and now I have your back.

The posts highlighted below tackle those issues, and I refer to them again and again on Thanksgiving Day. I hope you find them as helpful as I do.

For all of my Canadian (and other international readers), thank you for being patient with the flurry of Thanksgiving recipes. Hopefully you got some ideas for your holiday feasts to come in December.

Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter & Roasted Shallots

This has become our go-to recipe, one that gives us perfect results every time. What makes it so magical? Well, it starts with the butter mixture, packed full of fresh sage, thyme and parsley, that is smeared under the skin and over the surface of the turkey. What really pushes this recipe over the top, however, are the rich, dark brown drippings that come from a mixture of the turkey juices and the shallots roasting in the bottom of the pan. Basting with these juices helps to produce golden brown, crispy skin on the outside of the turkey.

Click here for the details.

Thanksgiving Help Is Here: Turkey, Gravy & Carving | cookincanuck.com #Thanksgiving
Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter & Roasted Shallots

How to Make Turkey Gravy: Recipe & Troubleshooting

This recipe does not involve adding wine or herbs, though those things can provide very satisfying results, too. Rather, this version is as basic as turkey gravy recipe can get. And you know what? It works every time. Be sure to check out the troubleshooting tips, just in case you run into problems. Is your gravy too thick? Too thin? Too salty? I listed solutions for all of those problems, plus a few more.

Click here for the details.

Thanksgiving Help Is Here: Turkey, Gravy & Carving | cookincanuck.com #Thanksgiving
How to Make Turkey Gravy: Recipe & Troubleshooting

How to: Carve a Turkey

Over the years of hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house, I have hacked my way through a number of turkeys, carving so that the bird looks like it has been through a massacre. Of course, I knew there was an easier way and finally figured out how to cleanly remove the legs from the body, and cut the breasts into attractive slices, each with a bit of golden brown skin attached. Of course, you might have a method that works for you, but I have found this to be the easiest method.

Click here for the details.

Thanksgiving Help Is Here: Turkey, Gravy & Carving | cookincanuck.com #Thanksgiving
How to: Carve a Turkey

I wish each an everyone one of you a joyful Thanksgiving, full of family, friends and gratitude.

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1 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective November 27, 2013 at 8:05 am

Great post! That turkey looks amazing!! Hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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2 Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living November 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thanksgiving always ends up being stressful no matter how well you try to plan ahead. These are some great tips to help me keep calm and carry on!

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3 Olena@iFOODreal November 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm

LOL. Love the lady photo. Man, do I look the same sometimes?! Very helpful post, Dara! Happy Thanksgiving!

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