PBS “Taste Of History” Host and Philadelphia’s City Tavern Chef Walter Staib displays a roast turkey prepared in traditional colonial manner.
Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday with a delicious turkey taking center stage. Celebrate the holiday with a scrumptious turkey recipe that harkens back to colonial times from culinary historian and PBS-TV Chef Walter Staib. Chef’sChoice®’s carving tips will help make it as easy to serve as it is to eat!
Preheat oven to 325° F. Place oven rack on bottom level. Place wire roasting rack in large roasting pan and spray with vegetable cooking spray. Remove giblets, neck and any visible fat from cavity. Discard liver and fat. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water; pat dry. Sprinkle turkey cavity with salt and pepper. Place quartered onion inside. In small bowl, combine parsley, thyme, shallots and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Sprinkle with salt and a generous grinding of pepper. Rub herb mixture on meat under the skin on each side of the breastbone. Place fresh sage and tarragon under skin, leaving whole. Tie drumsticks together with kitchen string and twist the wing tips behind the back. Place turkey, breast side up, in prepared roasting pan. Roast for about 2 hours, until breast is browned. Cover with foil and roast for 3 to 4 hours, basting the turkey every 15 minutes with its own juices. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in a thigh muscle registers 180 –185° F.
“Turkey is delicate by nature—the sharper the knife, the cleaner the cut and the nicer the presentation,” says Staib. “Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on the 18th century grinding stone to create sharp knives. EdgeCraft makes holiday entertaining a little easier with Chef’sChoice® sharpeners.”
Chef’sChoice Turkey-Carving Tips:
• Step 1
Be sure to use a good, sharp knife. Sharp knives are not only safer, they will help you smoothly cut thin, even slices without shredding the meat. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to put a razor-sharp edge on your knife. Chef’sChoice® M130 professionally sharpens, steels and strops all brands and types of knives. Precision guides eliminate guesswork for sharp, durable edges. For help finding a sharpener that’s right for you, call (800) 342-3255 or visit www.chefschoice.com.
• Step 2
After the turkey is cooked (meat thermometer should read 180–185° F when inserted in the thickest part of the turkey), cool the bird for 15 minutes. Cooling makes the meat firmer and easier to slice. Remove and set aside the turkey legs and the last joint of each wing. Make a long, deep (to the bone) horizontal “base cut ”into the breast just above the wing.
• Step 3
Slice down vertically through the breast until you meet the original base cut. This will release perfect, even slices. Following these preparation and carving tips can help make your Thanksgiving a meal to remember and one that our country’s founders would have enjoyed!