search
Loading
|  home | feedback | help          
StarChefs


Michael Smith & Debbie Gold
Co-Executive Chefs, Forty Sardines

Kansas City, Missouri

Turkey Tips

1. For a moist turkey, prepare a flavored butter. Butter can be flavored with different herbs, citrus, chopped nuts, and/or spices in as many combinations as you can think of. Separate the skin from the breast and leg areas with your hand. Moisten the raw meat with olive oil by rubbing a light amount between the skin and meat. This will help facilitate stuffing the flavored butter under the turkey skin, filling as many areas as possible. Finish roasting the bird as usual.

2. Try a roasted winter squash such as hubbard or carnival instead of sweet potatoes. Cut the squash in half, scoop out seeds. Lay squash in a roasting pan with garlic cloves, fresh thyme sprigs, lots of freshly cracked black pepper, and drizzle with some honey. Roast in a 450°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes. The caramelized squash can then be scooped from the skin and pureed in a food processor with a little bit of butter or hand chopped for a more rustic look.

3. If cranberry relish is not a big favorite at your house, but you still want to have the flavor somewhere in your dinner, use dried cranberries. Marinate the dried cranberries in some ruby port and add them to your gravy or mix them into your stuffing.

4. For a gravy with a little pizazz, make a small amount of turkey stock using the neck. Strain the stock into a stainless steel pot, add meat drippings from the pan in which you roasted the turkey. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. At this point, you can whisk in a wide variety of flavors such as a roasted garlic puree, a hubbard squash puree, a roasted onion puree - the list can go on and on.


"best of" turkey tips home
michael smith & debbie gold's tips | sweet potato and bacon swiss chard bundles | new potatoes | spinach salad | hubbard squash soup | polenta and andouille sausage "stuffing" | warm persimmon and apple "pot pie"


more turkey tips
2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001
2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996

 Sign up for our newsletters!|Print this page|Email this page to a friend
 QuickMeals   Chefs   Rising Stars   Hospitality Jobs   Find a School   Wine   Community   Features   Food Events   News   Ask the Experts   Tickets   Cookbooks
About Us | Career Opportunities | Media Kit | StarChefs in the News | Site Map
Please help keep StarChefs a free service by displaying our button on your website. Click here for details.
  Copyright © 1995-2014 StarChefs. All rights reserved.  | Privacy Policy