8. Be Sharp: This is really important. Be sure that your knife is freshly sharpened. Otherwise you will rip the bird apart when trying to carve it.
9. Wait! Don't dare throw the carcass away when done. Wrap it and freeze it. The carcass can be used as the source for a fantastic poultry broth for turkey noodle soup, vegetable soup, whatever you would like!
Unless your family totally demolishes your bird, you will more than likely have leftovers. If possible, store the leftover turkey in large pieces. Avoid the temptation to fully carve the bird unless it looks like
the entire bird will be eaten in one seating.
Bigger sections mean less surface area and less drying out of the meat.
Following are some of the recipes we use for leftovers, in addition to that simple turkey sandwich with mayo and horse radish. Each recipe has the search term you can use to locate the instructional video on our YouTube channel.
Hot Brown Sandwich
(www.YouTube.com/BBQMyWay - “hot brown” in “search channel” bar.)
• 2.5 lbs of cooked turkey
• Sliced Bread
• 8 oz of Mushrooms
• Two Chopped Shallots
• Eight Slices of Cooked Bacon
• Two Tablespoons of Flour
• 1/4 Stick of Butter
• One Cup of Shredded Swiss Cheese
• One Cup Plus Two Tablespoons of Milk
• 1/2 Teaspoon of Poultry Seasoning
• 1/8 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
Toast the sliced bread and set aside. Thinly slice the chicken or turkey and set aside.
Chop the shallot and saute in one tablespoon of butter until translucent. (About 3 minutes)
Add sliced mushroom and saute of three minutes.
Set shallots and mushrooms aside.
To Make the Sauce: You should really watch the video, but melt 1/4 stick of butter and mix in 2 tablespoons of butter. Once mixture is smooth, slowly whisk in milk. Add poultry seasoning, cayenne pepper and 1/4 cup of the cheese. This is called a Bechamel Sauce for those of you who are interested.
Assemble the Sandwich: Place turkey or chicken on bread. Spoon on mushroom mixture and then the sauce. Then lay bacon on the sandwich and top off with Swiss cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for five minutes then broil at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for two minutes or until the cheese is melted.