The turkey: the keystone of all traditional American Thanksgivings, so much so that they even make them out of soy (what don’t they make out of soy these days?).
A lot of people are afraid of messing up the turkey. You don’t have to be an expert chef to be an expert turkey handler. In this post, I’ll cover the preparation, presentation and provide some tips along the way.
Choosing Your Turkey
If you go turkey shopping, you’ll quickly see that there are many sizes to choose from. How do you know which size to get?
A good rule of thumb is to figure about a pound of turkey per person coming. Some will eat more, some will eat less. Remember, though, that it’s not like people will eat one pound of meat (some will!). You’re counting for the bones and such as well.
So if you’ve got 12 people coming, you’ll want at least a 12 pound bird. That will get you enough meat for dinner, and you’ll probably want leftovers. For 12 people, I’d get at least an 18 pound turkey to keep everyone fed and also have some leftovers.