Like any circus performer worth their salt, I’m quite adept at juggling my one oven, outdoor grill and toaster oven when entertaining.
Thanksgiving is the one day of the year I drop the ball, lusting after that second oven to bake casseroles and pies as my turkey roasts. I don’t like my menu dictated by oven capacity and am thankful grilled turkey is so easy and delicious.
I have a lot of hungry mouths to feed and the grilled turkey breast will supplement my oven roasted turkey. This preparation couldn’t be easier. There are only a few ingredients essential to the success: Kitchen twine, salt pork for fabulous flavor, and my most prized possession–my oven thermometer.
During the holiday season, search engines are well-lubed with “Cooking time recommendations” for turkeys. These, however, are merely guidelines and should be used to guide, not direct. I would no more be without my instant-read oven thermometer when roasting or grilling a turkey than ignore a jury duty summons.
The amount of fat, the presence or absence of bones, whether or not stuffing is a part of the recipe, and finally the quirks of individual ovens and grills can wreak havoc on these cooking time guidelines. The only sure method of determining doneness is with a meat thermometer.
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UPDATE: CONGRATS, TERRI! Your name was PICKED–The CD and dish towels are on their way!!! Thanksgiving yum is on the horizon. In the right hand column →→→you’ll see a Holiday Cookbook link next to a Gold Ball under “Find Your Favorite Recipe“. Here, I’ve put together dozens of recipes that might suit your table. Also included is a super-simple segment and … Full recipe post »
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