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Turkey Tips and Sweet Potato Gravy

Have you heard the news about the best cooking idea for Thanksgiving 2015? Wolfgang Puck says to make a delicious and simple gravy do the following.
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Have you heard the news about the best cooking idea for Thanksgiving 2015?

Wolfgang Puck says to make a delicious and simple gravy do the following:

Roast your turkey on top of sweet potatoes. Wolfgang Puck says he roasts his turkey for 55 minutes, which is the perfect amount of time for roasting sweet potatoes. However, he must be roasting a really small bird because most turkeys weigh over 8 pounds and require a longer roasting time.

To make the gravy, pour the leftover roasting liquid into a blender and add one of the cooked sweet potatoes (without skin and cut into cubes). You can then season the gravy with chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or sage and a splash of wine or sherry. Keep chicken broth on hand in case the gravy needs extra liquid.

Roasting Times for Unstuffed Turkey

Add half hour for stuffed turkey

8-12 1.5 - 2.5 hours

12-14 2.5 - 3 hours

14-16 3 - 3.75 hours

16-18 3.75 - 4 hours

18-20 4 - 4.5 hours

20-25 4.5 - 5 hours

25-30 4.5 - 6 hours

Note that the USDA timetables for roasting turkey show longer cooking times (about 1/2 hour longer for each weight category). Cooking times vary depending on oven temperature variations and where you live. Above 2,500 feet, the atmosphere becomes much drier. The air has less oxygen and atmospheric pressure, so cooking takes longer. Moisture quickly evaporates from everything.

That's why it's important to use a meat thermometer.

Turkey Tips:

  • What size turkey should you buy? 1.5 pounds per person to allow for plenty of leftover turkey sandwiches! (Otherwise, one pound per person)
  • I thought my turkey was fresh so why does it feel frozen? Fresh turkeys feel hard on the outside because they are chilled to 28 degrees for safe shipping. Only the outer part is in fact hard, not the entire turkey. However, frozen turkeys are stored at 0 degrees.
  • Make sure you have a meat thermometer. There are oven-safe thermometers designed to remain in the bird while it's cooking in the oven. Other types include: oven cord thermometers, instant read thermometers and pop-up timers.
  • You'll need water or broth for roasting the turkey. I recommend using a low sodium organic chicken broth.

Preparation:

Roasting:

Happy Turkey Day! Please remember not to overstuff yourself!!

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