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3 Last-Minute Tips for Perfect Turkey

By Carolyn Malcoun, November 18, 2009 - 10:46am

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The first time I hosted Thanksgiving dinner I was terrified. Mostly I was terrified about the prospect of roasting a turkey. Thankfully, that ended up being the easiest part of my day. With my 3 last-minute tips for perfect turkey and delicious Thanksgiving recipes, menus and planners, it will be the easiest part of your Thanksgiving day too.

First, you need to pick a turkey recipe. EatingWell’s 7 perfect turkey recipes use flavorful herbs and spices and fresh fruits and vegetables to add a lot of flavor without a lot of fat. Herb-Roasted Turkey is a great recipe to start with because you can adjust the herbs and seasonings to your taste—or to whatever you already have in your refrigerator.

Then, let the fun begin!

3 last-minute tips for perfect turkey

1. OK, Thanksgiving has arrived—time to get that turkey ready to roast! Often, a recipe will have you rub a seasoning mixture over the turkey, then tuck in the wing tips and tie the legs together. Find step-by-step photos that show you how to get your turkey ready to roast here.

2. While turkey is delicious on its own, delicious gravy makes it even better. You’ll want to let your turkey rest for at least 20 minutes (that allows the juices in the turkey redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in juicier turkey), which gives you plenty of time to make your gravy. See how to use the juices from your turkey pan to make healthier gravy.

3. Now comes the good part—eating it! But first, you have to carve the turkey. Print out our step-by-step carving guide (with pictures!) and tape it to the cabinet closest to your carving station. You’ll be carving like a pro in no time!

TAGS: Carolyn Malcoun, Healthy Cooking Blog

Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and dog.

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