Once you”ve roasted your Thanksgiving turkey, you”ll need to carve it. Here are some simple steps that will help you carve the perfect bird and wow your guests!
How to Carve a Turkey: Step-by-Step Instructions
Before you begin carving your turkey, make sure you have:
- a cutting board
- a fork
- a platter
- a sharp knife.
After your turkey has finished roasting, allow it to sit for approximately 20 minutes. This will make the turkey easier to carve and will also allow the juices to settle in the meat, making it moist. Next, follow these steps for carving a turkey:
- Remove the legs and the thighs by pulling them away from the body of the turkey and cutting through the joint that connects the thigh to the body.
- Place the legs on a cutting board. Cut through the joint that connects the thigh and the drumstick.
- Holding the thigh firmly with a fork and your knife parallel to the bone, cut even slices. Place the slices on the platter.
- Either leave the drumsticks whole or slice them. To slice a drumstick, hold the end of the bone and tilt it slightly. Use your knife to cut down toward the cutting board. Remove any tendons.
- To carve the breast, place the bird on the cutting board, holding it firmly with your fork. Place your knife parallel to the wing and as close as possible to the wing. Cutting toward the ribs, make a deep cut into the breast. This cut is your base cut.
- Carve the breast by using your knife to slice downward through the breast. The slices will fall off the bird when your knife reaches the base cut. Continue slicing until you have enough turkey for first servings. Arrange the slices on the platter.
- Slice more turkey from the breast as needed for additional servings.
How to Carve a Turkey Breast: Kitchen Method
If you won”t be carving your turkey at the table and in front of your guests, you can use the following steps to easily carve a turkey breast in your kitchen:
- Remove the legs and thighs as described above.
- Place the bird on the cutting board and hold it firmly with a fork. Cut along the keel bone and follow the contour of the body to remove each breast lobe from the ribs.
- Working with one lobe at a time, place the breast on the cutting board and slice against the grain to produce thin, even slices.
- Arrange the slices on a serving platter.
Tips on Serving Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Once you”ve carved your turkey, you”ll want to arrange it on a serving platter. Many people place the slices of meat on a simple white platter, while others opt for elegant silver platters or a Thanksgiving-themed platter. If don”t have a serving platter, look for one in any home or kitchen store.
To make the platter even more attractive, place a few lettuce leaves on the platter before arranging the slices. You might consider arranging the slices into groups of white and dark meat. This will make it easy for guests to choose their meat of preference.
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The FOURnet Information Network (2007). How to Carve Chicken and Turkey. Retrieved October 15, 2007, from the Cooks.com Web site: http://www.cooks.com/rec/story/69.