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Because brown turkey drippings are just too mainstream.

For the second year running, my delicious, heritage breed, Thanksgiving turkey has produced drippings that are a lovely shade of deep lavender. I mean, we eat it anyway, and the wonderful gelatin-rich jiggly stock we make with its carcass...but it's weird. [more inside]
posted by JuliaIglesias on Dec 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Gobble, gobble

Okay, having a problem with dry brining my turkey. Help? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Can I eat it? (Thanksgiving edition)

My mom is coming down from Boston to NYC for Thanksgiving. Her current plan is to cook the turkey, wrap it in aluminum foil, put it in a polystyrene cooler and then drive it down to NYC on Thursday. This is setting off my warning bells about food safety. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Nov 23, 2014 - 41 answers

Advice on fresh vs. frozen turkeys, please

Trader Joe's near me is selling fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving, both regular and (hey!) pre-brined at a good price. But no reservations and when they're gone, they're gone. Is it too early to buy a fresh turkey? Any reason not to get the pre-brined one? (same price, $1.99 a pound). Are there any advantages to thawing a frozen turkey? Would I get a better bird going to the old school meat shop (Gartner's in Portland)? Thanks!
posted by msalt on Nov 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Spatchcocked turkey logistics

For Thanksgiving this year, I decided that I will spatchcock/butterfly the turkey. Problem? I've never cooked a turkey before, and I need some help thinking through specific logistics of size and scissors. Detailed questions inside! [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Nov 20, 2014 - 19 answers

What's the best place to buy a heritage turkey in Los Angeles?

Planning ahead for Thanksgiving dinner in a new city. On Long Island my parents used to go to a local turkey farm where you could choose your bird and they'd slaughter it fresh for you. I'd love something similar in the Los Angeles area; failing that, I'm looking for the best place where I can reserve a fresh, heritage bird -- happy to pay extra for it.
posted by tweebiscuit on Oct 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Emergency Thanksgiving Chicago pick-up

I was wondering if anyone knew of some place in Chicago that was still offering Thanksgiving pick-up that's somewhere in the vicinity of the lake or the loop. Everything I'm finding is way out west which isn't going to work for me, or sold out. Alternatively, given that it's just the two of us, is it better to just go to a restaurant? If so, any recommendations?
posted by bleep on Nov 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Small Thanksgiving meal thought: Am I missing something?

I think I figured out a way to simplify my family's Thanksgiving meal. What didn't I think of? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Nov 18, 2013 - 20 answers

Turkey on the Big Green Egg - Looking for kickass recipe

My aunt, uncles, cousins, grandma, and everyone else I know is coming to Thanksgiving this year, and they all love good food and my aunt and grandma may very well be the best cooks I've ever met. I am smoking a turkey on the Big Green Egg and I want it to knock their socks off. I've googled but what I've found doesn't give me any indication that the turkey is going to turn out GREAT. I need a great, great recipe. Anybody have one? I'd be forever indebted to you. Bonus question: anybody have an equally delicious bread pudding recipe?
posted by trandolph on Nov 15, 2013 - 10 answers

Vegetarian seeking meat.

How do I cook the best turkey (and) and fixings meal for just myself (for a whole weekend)? I'm basically going to put on some Abba, and eat like crazy this weekend. So tell me how I can make the best Thanksgiving turkey and sides! Oh, this is anonymous because I am a vegetarian for moral reasons. Also, I prefer to limit it to just one type of animal, so no bacon wrapped shrimp. Probably no bacon wrapped shrimp. Recipes of good sides preferably not using just turkey.
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Overthinking a plate of turkey

We decided to do turkey parts this year, instead of a whole bird, and could only find a boneless skinless turkey breast for the white meat portion of our Thanksgiving meal. How do we cook it? [more inside]
posted by brina on Nov 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Gobble gobble

I only have 3 meat eaters coming for Thanksgiving. What can I serve to balance my desire not to have a ton of meat leftover that no one will eat vs. the desire to set a festive table and have a special meal? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 17, 2012 - 35 answers

Thanksgiving II: The Recluckening

I need to make the best turkey you've ever tasted this Thanksgiving. My pride is at stake here, people. Help me! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 19, 2012 - 46 answers

Do you know of any Thanksgiving songs?

Do you know of any Thanksgiving songs? [more inside]
posted by rageagainsttherobots on Nov 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Help me avoid seppuku this Thanksgiving.

I need to cook a 16-18lb bird and a 19lb sirloin, and I want to do it with fire, but I'm not sure my plan is a good one. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Nov 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Turkey Hacks?

Has anyone ever tried this Cook's Illustrated turkey recipe? It purports to cook a 12-14 lb bird in two hours. I'm a bit skeptical. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Nov 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Kosher substitute for salt pork

Kosher substitute for salt pork? We want to make an America's Test Kichen recipe for Thanksgiving turkey. It calls for salt pork to be laid along the back of the turkey during the first part of the roasting process (with the breast-side down), like so. ATK says this is called "barding" the turkey, which they say makes the bird "self-basting." [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Nov 20, 2011 - 18 answers

Don't bogart that turkey!

Have you smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving? Want to give me the benefit of your experience? [more inside]
posted by rtha on Nov 18, 2011 - 15 answers

Thanksgiving with a twist

Thanksgiving with a twist: I'm looking for recipes that contain "Thanksgiving-y" and "Christmas-y" ingredients (turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin, pecans, etc.) but that aren't traditionally "Thanksgiving-y", as a whole. Perfect example: sweet potato salsa [more inside]
posted by chara on Nov 4, 2010 - 27 answers

(Turkey) size matters.

How large a turkey can I fit into my small apartment oven, and will it feed all of the people coming? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on Nov 1, 2010 - 13 answers

What to do with leftover turkey

Please share your best recipes for leftover turkey. [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley on Nov 27, 2009 - 30 answers

Brining for too long?

Brine Filter: My turkey's been brining in very cold conditions for now 36 hours. Should I remove it? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Nov 25, 2009 - 10 answers

The most insane Turkey recipe ever.

I'm searching for an completely insane recipe for a "blackened" roasted turkey that David Rosengarten prepared on his old Food Network show, "Taste". [more inside]
posted by melorama on Nov 24, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me perform an expatriat culinary miracle.

How can I best approximate a real Thanksgiving turkey— with chicken, a gas burner, and toaster oven? What other kinds of traditional fare can I make, given the limited ingredients available where I live? Help me have a real Thanksgiving far from home! [more inside]
posted by bookish on Nov 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Cooking a turkey in an electric roaster oven

Have you ever used an electric roaster oven to cook a large turkey? [more inside]
posted by Lylo on Nov 21, 2009 - 2 answers

Like a turkey trying to fly.

I'm hosting my first Thanksgiving. I have zero idea what I'm doing. Advice, s'il vous plait! [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Nov 20, 2009 - 46 answers

Smoked Turkey

I am going to smoke a turkey this year for Thanksgiving. Uh. 'Smoke' like a brisket, not 'smoke' like a cigarette. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Nov 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Turkey massacre

Turkeys. Which festival consumes the most? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Nov 5, 2009 - 14 answers

Where can we find a fresh turkey in July?

Where can we find a fresh turkey in Massachusetts before Sunday? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Jul 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Turkey Brine Disaster

Turkey brining fiasco - Is my turkey that has been sitting in cold tap water for the past 18 hours still good to cook? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Nov 25, 2008 - 29 answers

Need to find specific kind of turkey in Brooklyn

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I need recommendations on where I can buy a heritage turkey tomorrow in NYC, hopefully Brooklyn. I would prefer it be kosher, and thus, brined and hopefully raised humanely, but it is not a requirement. Will Wednesday be too late to find this specific thing?
posted by josher71 on Nov 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me gobble this gobbler

Have you ever dry-brined a turkey? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Nov 24, 2008 - 12 answers

My oven is not a clown car

Oven management strategies for thanksgiving? I am hosting thanksgiving at my house this year, and need help planning the best strategy for making a large roast meal with insufficient oven space. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Oct 29, 2008 - 22 answers

To brine or not to brine...

So I know you aren't supposed to brine a butterball turkey, but I've already bought the turkey and all the brining stuff, what's the worst that can happen? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Nov 21, 2007 - 16 answers

Capon for Thanksgiving

Anyone have any tips for roasting a capon? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Nov 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Blast-furnace turkey roasting?

How can I cook a turkey when my oven is, shall we say, overenthusiastic? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Nov 15, 2007 - 16 answers

How can you have any meat if you haven't had your pudding?

I could have sworn that I read something by Jeffrey Steingarten in which he encourages his readers to cook a turkey roast made of turkey breast, herbs, and possibly other meats tied together with twine, instead of fussing with a full sized bird. It's not in The Man Who Ate Everything, however. Does anyone remember this? Or, could someone recommend an easy to make, impressive main dish for our Christmas dinner?
posted by craniac on Dec 8, 2006 - 13 answers

Help me Plan Thanksgiving Dinner.

[Thanksgiving Filter] Anyone have any great recipes for Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by unexpected on Nov 19, 2006 - 14 answers

To buy a great turkey

Hey MetaCooks, your opinion on heritage, pasture-raised or otherwise fancypants turkeys please? Complicating factors inside... [more inside]
posted by Sully6 on Oct 26, 2006 - 20 answers

It's a meatloaf...in the shape of a turkey.

Help me find a baking mold in the shape of a life-sized roasted turkey. I want to make sculptures out of meatloaf. [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Sep 16, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I bake a heritage turkey?

Give me your best guess (or, more preferably, personal experience) as to how to prepare this heritage turkey I've got! [more inside]
posted by readymade on Nov 23, 2005 - 10 answers

Of fish and fowl...

Any ideas for a sauce (or gravy) that would go well with both turkey and fish? [more inside]
posted by ontic on Nov 22, 2005 - 20 answers

What kind of dressing should I use on my turkey?

TurkeyFilter: Last night I tested this year's turkey recipe, and it was a failure. I usually make a maple syrup/butter/broth reduction and use that and cheesecloth to make a wonderful bird - 4 years running. This year, though, I have to make a kosher bird as the meal will be held at a kosher family member's residence. The olive oil-based recipe I tried left the skin dry and soggy at the same time - not an easy feat - and the bird was OK but not special. We've deep-fried before to great results, and I assume peanut oil is kosher; should I adjust for another type of non-butter fat (would margarine work? olive oil certainly didn't) or just bite the bullet and deep-fry?
posted by luriete on Nov 22, 2004 - 28 answers

Turkey

Somewhere I saw advertised a metal rod that you stick into the cavity of a turkey to conduct heat into the stuffing to eliminate the bird/stuffing safe temperature conflict. Google fails me. Anyone know about this? Does it work? Where can I get one before Thursday? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Nov 22, 2004 - 12 answers

Stuff that Turkey!

StuffingFilter: When it comes to Thanksgiving, I've seen huge variety in stuffing recipies. So spill it -- what's the best stuffing recipe you've got? [more inside]
posted by daver on Nov 20, 2004 - 17 answers

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