Tis the season for turkey and dressing, or stuffing if you prefer, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. And while all this sounds wonderful, someone has to prepare it. Is that person you this holiday season? If so, we did some research for you and found some great ideas for cooking your Thanksgiving meal, especially that hard to make turkey.
The Kitchn.com offers up these simple turkey tips:
Our Turkey Recipe Cheat-Sheet
- How big of a turkey? This method is best for a 12 to 16 pound bird. (Buy 1 to 1 1/2 pounds turkey for each guest.)
- How long to cook the turkey? 13 minutes of cooking time for each pound of turkey if roasting empty and 15 minutes per pound if stuffed.
- What temperature to cook the turkey? Preheat the oven to 450°F then drop the temperature to 350°F after putting the turkey into the oven.
- What temperature should the turkey be? The turkey is done when it registers a minimum of 165° in the thickest part of the thigh.
- How long to rest the turkey? Rest the turkey for at least 15 minutes before carving.
What About the Dressing?
While this can be a dispute for some, even the Pioneer Woman has an opinion on this side dish.
“Thanksgiving dressing (or stuffing, if you put it in the bird) is a wildly personal thing. Some versions are light and airy, and others are firm and solid.. Some people stuff their bird with dressing, in which case the dressing is called stuffing. Others are dead set against stuffing the bird and opt for baking their stuffing in a baking dish, which means it’s dressing. Some do a combination of both. Some dressing is basic: a combination of dried bread, aromatics, and dried herbs. Other versions can contain oysters, mushrooms, and even dried fruit and nuts.”
For her recipe be sure to visit ThePioneerWoman.com.
According to AllRecipes.com, a green bean casserole makes the Thanksgiving holiday complete. And they claim their recipe is not only the best, but also the easiest! Are we here for easy? One hundred percent! The recipe is right here!
Honestly we could go on forever with awesome ideas and tips, but we hope this help get you on the right path. And while we know there will be sweet tea and possibly adult libations at your celebration, don’t forget to drink plenty of Fontis Water. And from all of us at Fontis Water – Happy Thanksgiving!