So I've been thinking about adding some pureed chipotle to the brine for the thanksgiving turkey. I'll be smoking it (Alton Brown's recipe) on the grill. Anybody want to talk me out of it? I really can't decide if it is a good idea or not...
Mark Dommen, chef-partner of San Francisco’s One Market Restaurant, advises viewers against the wrong turkey-carving approach at Thanksgiving: Do not use a dull knife, do not carve at the dining table (as much as you might want to), and do not hack at your bird willy-nilly. For a full list of dos, watch the video. For CHOW's delicious roasted turkey recipe, click here.
In this Thanksgiving edition of our You’re Doing It All Wrong video series, chef and TV host Michael Chiarello extols the benefits of a brined turkey. Avoid some things (have you ever heard of a blivit?) and embrace others (the bird fits perfectly inside a cooler). If you follow the approach Michael outlines here, he guarantees you one of the juiciest turkey dinners you’ve ever had. You can find his recipe for the turkey brine on his website.
CHOW Associate Editor Roxanne Webber demonstrates the wrongs and rights of Thanksgiving turkey. She suggests that you give yourself plenty of time for the bird to defrost (at least three days for a 15-pound turkey), and that, while roasting, you check the temperature regularly with a meat thermometer.