These reminders and tips will help you serve your best Christmas turkey dinner yet!
Get your kitchen knives professionally sharpened to make prep time more efficient, and be ready for safely serving perfectly sliced turkey on the big day. Take a cooking class to sharpen your skills. Learn how to chop like a pro in my Kitchen Knife Skills article.
Make homemade stock and gravy before the big event and freeze it. Then on the big day, simply supplement the thawed gravy with fresh turkey drippings. Serve gravy hot in a pre-warmed gravy boat.
Source a great quality turkey. Try Cumbrae’s Butchers.
Use a large, sturdy oven proof roasting pan and a large sturdy roasting rack. (Do not use a disposable roasting pan. They are accident prone and it is hard to get all of your delicious drippings out of the bottom.) Have wooden spoons and serving spoons ready for lifting and serving the turkey and distributing stuffing. Have a conversation with knowledgeable staff at a kitchenware store, such as The Keeping Room, for some recommendations.
Have a meat thermometer at the ready and follow food safety guidelines.
Use my turkey stuffing system for perfect turkey dinner stuffing.
Make a mouth-watering cranberry sauce. Like me on Facebook and check out my cranberry sauce recipe post.
Clear a large area on a serving table for the roasted turkey. Give the carver and server some room. Have a sharp carving knife, a fork to hold the bird in place while carving, a warm off-loading dish for the carved meat, and tin foil to keep everything covered while you carving. Keep dinner plates warm if at all possible. Here I’m carving Thanksgiving turkey at the family maple syrup farm.
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