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How to Cook a Turkey and All The Other Trimmings
(The Taunton Press) ISBN 978-1561589593 1561589593

Make the best turkey dinner with recipes and cooking tips from experts. Susie Middleton shows you many ways to use turkey leftovers.

How to Cook a Turkey provides more than 100 easy-to-follow recipes for Thanksgiving (or Christmas) turkey, stuffing, gravy, vegetables and dessert dishes.

Each chapter features helpful sidebars which answer questions like: What are the differences between fresh, frozen, free-range and Kosher turkeys? How to brine a turkey? How big a turkey to buy? How to truss a turkey? How do you know when a turkey is done?

Advice about roasting turkeys

Cooking tips provide information on using a wide spoon for basting, four ways to cut a carrot, how to make lattice-topped pie, how to prevent shrinking of pie crusts and how to prevent cheesecakes from cracking.

More than 100 mouth-watering, color photographs demonstrate techniques and illustrate recipes, tips and how-to sidebars in How to Cook a Turkey.

Making gravy

The 234-page cookbook contains advice on planning ahead, charts for how big a turkey to buy, ways to remove fat from turkey broth and instructions on how to thicken gravy.

The turkey cookbook suggests solutions to problems like the fastest safe way to thaw a turkey, how to fix lumpy gravy and gluey mashed potatoes and what to do if the stuffing is not hot enough.

Recipes for turkey and dishes to go with it

Basic roast turkey. Sauerkraut and rye bread stuffing. Dressing with apples, bacon and caramelized onions. Turkey gravy scented with porcini and thyme. Silky pan gravy with cream, cognac and thyme. Maple-bacon glazed turkey with wild rice, cornbread stuffing and bourbon gravy.

Brine roast turkey with sage butter rub. Garlic-roasted green beans and shallots with hazelnuts. Pearl onion gratin with parmesan, savory and thyme. Butternut squash, apple, leek and potato gratin with a cheddar crust. Apple cider pie. Bourbon pumpkin tart with walnut streusel. Spiced pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. Apple-cranberry crisp. Turkey enchiladas with creamy tomatillo sauce.

How to Cook a Turkey and All The Other Trimmings


  • How to Survive Thanksgiving
  • Appetizers
  • Soups, Salads & Cranberry Sauce
  • Turkey, Stuffing & Gravy
  • Vegetables
  • Potatoes & Grains
  • Pies & Tarts
  • Desserts
  • Continuing the Feast


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