Thanksgiving is all about having great time with family and some delicious food on the table. Turkey is considered to be a special treat on Thanksgiving and there are various ways you can prepare a wonderful meal out of it. Turkey meat has a very delicious taste and the texture of the meat is such that you can cook it in different ways. There are numerous ways to prepare turkey, and each family has its own favorite turkey dish prepared on Thanksgiving every year.
There are also some great side dishes which go with the turkey to make it a full-fledged meal. Most people prefer vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, along with some sort of bread, to go with the turkey.
Turkey can be prepared in a number of ways; you can roast it, sauté it, boil it and even deep fry it. The traditional way of having turkey is by roasting it. Turkey is also stuffed with different ingredients like bread, vegetables, nuts, fruits, herbs and spices. And to top that succulent meat, gravy is also served on the side.
In order to prepare a traditional roasted turkey, you first need to wash and clean the bird from outside and inside. Then remove the giblets and pat dry the turkey with a paper towel. The stuffing of the bird should be prepared in advance and it can comprise of any of your favorite ingredients. Then stuff the mixture into the turkey and tie the drumsticks together so that the stuffing doesn’t come out while roasting. Then brush the skin of your bird with melted butter or oil and insert a meat thermometer so that you know when the turkey would be perfectly well done. The thermometer has to be inserted into the thickest part of the thigh and it should point towards the body and should not touch the bone.
After preparing the turkey like that, place it on a rack in a roasting pan and put it into a preheated oven at 350 degrees. Bake the turkey until the time that the skin turns to a light golden color. After that, cover the bird with a foil tent and put it into the oven for another 45 minutes.
Now take out the bird and serve it to your liking!