In homes across the US, families are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving. This historic, national holiday takes place annually on the fourth Thursday in November. Everyone celebrating it has the opportunity to show their appreciation for their relatives and friends, material comforts and any good fortune they’ve enjoyed over the past twelve months.
What better way to show how much your loved ones mean to you than by preparing a delicious, indulgent Thanksgiving meal? The special occasion is rapidly approaching, but it’s not too late to cook an unforgettable feast. You just need a step-by-step guide. That’s where our mouth-watering recipe for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner comes in. It features roast turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie: three classic, well-loved Thanksgiving treats.
Whether you’re in the US or living elsewhere and keen to try an all-American, celebratory meal, this recipe is for you. Preparation is the key – that’s why the recipe recommends that you begin the day before you intend to serve the dinner.
Rubbing salt and butter onto the turkey will help to ensure that its skin turns wonderfully golden and crispy in the oven. We’ve provided a suggested cooking time in the recipe, but the exact time will depend on factors such as your oven’s efficiency and the weight of the particular bird you select.
For accuracy and peace of mind, it’s worth calculating your turkey’s cooking time at 20 minutes per lb. or 40 minutes per kg.
In the past, the stuffing was typically cooked inside the turkey. However, current food safety guidelines strongly advise against that, so our recipe explains how to cook them separately.
Don’t forget to let the turkey rest after it’s been roasted. Resting leads to juicier, tastier meat. It makes carving easier too – so you can sit down and enjoy the meal sooner!
Roast Turkey with Stuffing and Gravy