Host of Taste, a daily cooking show on Food Network, Author of Taste
(Random House, 1998) and The Dean&DeLuca Cookbook(Random House, 1996)
"500 recipes that have been most instrumental in America's cooking revolution."
1. Solve roast turkey's "dry white meat problem" by cooking the turkey
in two stages. You know how it is: because the dark meat of a turkey
takes longer to cook than the white meat, in order to get the dark meat
done you have to cook the white meat way past the point of juiciness.
But if you get the white meat just right, the dark meat'll be undercooked.
In The Dean& DeLuca Cookbook (page 411), I've got theperfect solution.
You simply roast the whole bird- until the breast meat is just done
(that means still juicy), remove the bird from the oven, bring it to
the table, and carve off the white meat; these slices constitute the
first turkey course. While your family's enjoying that, cook the rest
of the turkey (the dark meat) until it's just done- at which point it
becomes a delectable, perfectly cooked second turkey course.
have more control over your stuffing if you cook it in its own pan,
not actually stuffed inside the bird and the turkey will cook faster,
too! Turkeys take quite a few hours, but stuffings don't. Therefore,
I like to cook my stuffing in a separate casserole dish. Worried that
your stuffing won't be turkey perfumed? Simply baste the stuffing with
some of the drippings from the turkey roasting pan. For complete instructions
and a great selection of stuffings- including pumpkin and pancetta stuffing;
sausage pecan and raisin stuffing; cornbread and oyster stuffing with
fresh sage- see page 412 of The Dean & DeLuca Cookbook.
turkey goes well with many wines, the key to finding the right wine
for your turkey dinner is matching the wine to the side dishes. Many
people like to serve side dishes with turkey that have some sweetness;
if that's the case at your house, you'll need to find a lightly sweet
wine to balance the sweetness. My new book, Taste, which is filled with
my favorite recipes and advice on how to recognize quality in food with
wine suggestions for finding the perfect wine for any dish, has a complete
chapter on selecting beverages for food, and a good many suggestions
for lightly sweet wines that will be perfect with the classic turkey
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