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Your best roast turkey ever!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Do you always want a roast turkey on your table? Does the time involved in roasting a turkey frustrate you? I want to introduce you to a different way to roast your turkey (or a chicken) that will not only take less time but will also produce less dry and more tender results. That method is Spatchcocking or Butterflying your bird.

Part of the problem of roasting a turkey is that the white meat is often overcooked and dry by the time the dark meat is done. There have been many suggestions made to resolve this problem; some work better than others and some are much more work than others. One method that is relatively easy and works wonderfully is butterflying (or spatchcocking) your turkey so it lies flatter in the oven.

This involves cutting out the back bone with good poultry shears, turning the bird over, flattening the breasts and roasting on a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. If it is difficult to visualize this, take a look at this video.

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of the year but getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table can also be one of the most stressful times. There are strategies for combating this stress and they involve advanced planning, having a schedule that takes you from planning the menu to your shopping trips to the actual cooking to the finished dinner. Along with this, having an easier and better way to cook your turkey will lead to smiles all around the table.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

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