Thanksgiving Day is the most truly national holidays in the United States on which all Americans of different faiths and backgrounds celebrate together to express their thanks for the year’s bounty and a hope for future blessings. The most important part of the Thanksgiving celebration is the big family dinner planned months ahead. On the dinner table, people will find the most traditional and favorite food, like plum pudding, apples, mince pie, oranges, chestnuts, and grapes. However, the best and most attractive among them is a roast turkey. For many Americans, the very beginning of cooking a turkey initials the celebration of Thanksgiving Day.
Upon the approaching of Thanksgiving Day, cooking a turkey is done in nearly each household; however, as cooking methods vary with families, regions even for different cooks, it is not easy to get a precise procedure of cooking a turkey. Here we just recommend certain steps which can be carried out in our common kitchens. Above all, necessary preparations should be taken into consideration before you start cooking a turkey. You had better to calculate the amount of turkey you should purchase in advance according to the number of people. Generally, one pound of uncooked turkey per person is enough and 3/4 pound per person should be sufficient for a larger bird with leftovers for making turkey sandwich or soup.
As for the methods of cooking a turkey are various due to different regions and people’s taste, it is hard to get an exact recipe. Creative methods of cooking a turkey are available in many books, while recipes using traditional techniques which are accepted for many years are also worth mentioning. Here, one of the traditional methods of cooking a turkey will be recommended. To begin with, please thaw, brine, and dry the turkey. Next, take about half an onion, a carrot, and a half celery rib and combine them with thyme and a tablespoon of melted butter. Mix them all together until evenly distributed. Throw the vegetables inside the turkey, and make sure you tie up the turkey’s wings and legs. Take a 5 foot long piece of kitchen twine and tie the drumsticks together. Brush the back with butter. After all these are finished, place the ready turkey in a 400°F oven. About 45 minutes later, remove the turkey from the oven and baste it with the juices. Cut the meat off the turkey. That is the last step of cooking a turkey.
Many people wonder the secrets of cooking a turkey. In fact, cooking a turkey is not a very difficult job. Try searching for information online. And if you are free, take a visit to your local library for methods of cooking a turkey. What you need to do is just following the instructions and calculating the time. As long as you have the right ingredients and flavors with the proper cooking method, you can serve your turkey tasty to anyone in your dinner party.