Thanksgiving Day isn't nicknamed Turkey Day for no reason. But procrastinating can be a real disaster when it comes time to get the big meal going.
FOX News Radio's Lilian Woo has some tips to avoid turkey troubles:
If you need your bird in a hurry, there is a way to do it.
(Bittman) "You can roast a turkey, even a big one, in under an hour, and a medium-to-small one in 45 minutes."
Mark Bittman, the author of "How to Cook Everything," on the method which borrows from a classic chicken recipe, where the bird is spatchcocked, or butterflied. Simply put:
(Bittman) "You take the backbone out and flatten it."
Bittman saying this method ups the chances of having tender, sufficiently cooked thigh meat and moist breast meat. The only downside?
(Bittman) "It looks a little strange."
Which beats a room full of starving guests, in my opinion.
Another Thanksgiving nightmare: forgetting to even defrost your turkey, which usually takes a few days. A sink full of cold water, with a change of water periodically, should do the trick in a few hours.
Lilian Woo, FOX News Radio.