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How to carve a turkey for your Thanksgiving meal (Video)

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 11:14am  ET

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Thanksgiving cooking tips

Chef Jeffrey Katz discusses ways to prepare a delicious turkey and side dishes for your Thanksgiving meal.


WASHINGTON - Chef Jeffrey Katz of Amphora says carving a turkey can be made simple with a few easy steps.

To cook a delicious Thanksgiving turkey, Katz offers the following suggestions:

  • Roast the turkey in the oven at 350 degrees with the breast-side down. Flip the turkey about halfway through the cooking.

  • When the turkey is done, let it sit for about 30 minutes after you take it out of the oven.

  • Slice the turkey between the leg and the breast and then snap the joins to remove the legs. Put legs to the side.

  • Slice down the breast bone and cut along the sides.

  • Remove the pieces on each side and slice the breast as thin or as thick as you'd like. Remember to cut across the grain (lengthwise).

  • Cut the meat off the legs by holding the top of the bone.

  • Snap the wings off at the joint.

  • Use the rest for soup, turkey pot pie or snacks

In the video below, Katz demonstrates how to carve the turkey.

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