November 22, 2007 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
The stars of reality TV hits Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares is
offering up some tips for Thanksgiving dinner. Chef Gordon Ramsay
suggests the following turkey tips to help keep your Thanksgiving day
holiday nightmare free.
Test the Turkey – To ensure your turkey is cooked, skewer the thickest part of the thigh and check the juices. If they’re clear, the turkey is done; if they’re pink, the turkey needs more time in the oven.
Baste the Turkey – To avoid the skin shriveling as it cools, baste the turkey as soon as it comes out of the oven.
Rest the Turkey – Never slice the turkey straight from the oven! When the turkey is ready, cover it with tin foil and let it rest for at least 25 – 30 minutes. Resting the meat allows the juices to redistribute in the bird, making it moist and tender.
Slice the Turkey – Use the whole bird. Carve the breast first and then start on the legs.
Gravy – Don’t forget the pan juices from the turkey-roasting tray! It’s where all the turkey flavor is stored, and makes a great base for your gravy.
Be sure to check out Chef Gordon Ramsay on Kitchen Nightmares, which is currently airing on Wednesdays at 9PM ET/PT on Fox.