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GiantGist Top Turkey Tips



Whether you’re tackling a Thanksgiving turkey for the first or hundredth time, our top tips will ensure your big bird is the best it can be.

1. Thawing a frozen turkey requires patience. The safest method is to thaw turkey in the refrigerator. Be sure to plan ahead — it takes approximately 4-5 days for a 20-pound turkey to fully defrost.

2. For crisper skin, unwrap the turkey the day before roasting and leave it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight.

3. When calculating your roasting time, plan on about 15 minutes per pound.

4. A turkey will cook more evenly if it is not densely stuffed. Consider adding flavor by loosely filling the cavity with aromatic vegetables — carrots, celery, onion or garlic work nicely — or by carefully tucking fresh herbs underneath the breast skin. For the stuffing lovers, cook the dressing in a casserole dish on the side.

5. Before roasting, coat the outside of the turkey with vegetable or olive oil, season with salt and pepper and tightly cover the breast with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning (it will be removed in step 7).

6. Don’t be a peeping Tom (no pun intended)! Once you get the turkey in the oven, resist the temptation to open the oven door and admire your handiwork. When the oven temperature fluctuates, you’re only increasing the likelihood of a dry bird. About 45 minutes before you think the turkey is done, remove the foil from the breast to allow it to brown.

7. Remove the turkey from the oven and use an instant-read thermometer to determine temperature; it should read 165 degrees F at the thigh when it’s done. If you stuff your turkey, check the internal temperature of the stuffing as well; it should be at least 165 degrees.

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8. Tent the bird with foil and let rest for about 25 minutes before carving. If you need more time to make gravy, heat up side dishes, etc., you can let the turkey set for up to an hour without losing too much heat.

9. Remember to carve your turkey with a very sharp or electric knife.

10. Before you get started with the cooking, browse our best turkey recipes to find the perfect bird for your Thanksgiving feast.

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Food And Nutrition

Making A Grilled Salmon Burgers




Use fresh sockeye salmon to make these delicious burgers. Cilantro, ginger, and sesame oil give them Asian flavor.

Serve the salmon burgers with a spicy chili mayonnaise or sweet chili mayonnaise (see directions, below). Cook the burgers on the grill, an electric grill, or in a grill pan on the stovetop.

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Butternut squash stew




Butternut squash makes a lovely vegetarian stew when mixed with a few store cupboard ingredients. A great dinner for busy days where you want something cheap and healthy. If you add plant-based yoghurt, it’s also vegan.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 750g/1lb 10oz), peeled, deseeded and cut into 2.5cm/1in pieces
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 300ml/½ pint boiling water
  • plain yoghurt (any variety), to serve (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until softened. Add the squash and cook over a high heat for 8–10 minutes until starting to colour on the edges. Add the salt, spices, chopped tomatoes and 200ml/7fl oz boiling water. Cover and cook over a low heat for 30 minutes until the squash is soft.

  2. Add the chickpeas with the remaining 200ml/7fl oz boiling water, cover and cook over a low heat for 20 minutes. Leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with some yoghurt, if you like.

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Fried chicken, ital vegetables and rundown sauce




All the flavours of the Caribbean are here in this delicious celebration dish that is perfect for a summer dinner party or special occasion meal.

Serve with Andi’s sweet potato roti .


For the rundown sauce

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet, left whole
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2½ tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 400ml tin coconut milk
  • 100g/3½oz coconut cream, grated
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 200ml/7fl oz vegetable stock

For the fried chicken

  • 1 free-range egg
  • 50ml/2fl oz milk
  • 100g/3½oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 chicken thighs, skin on, boneless and cut into 3 pieces each
  • 100g/3½oz breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the ital vegetables

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, cut into quarters
  • 1 red onion, cut into quarters
  • 2 large carrots, peeled, diced and par-boiled
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 125g/4½oz spinach, wilted and chopped
  • 125g/4½oz rainbow chard, wilted and chopped

For the mango pickle

  • 100ml/3½fl oz white vinegar
  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  • 6 black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, finely sliced

To serve

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
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