Easier Roast Turkey and Gravy
We loosen the skin of the turkey and apply a mixture of salt and sugar to the meat to season it and help it retain more juices as it cooks. A baking powder rub ensures thorough browning and crispy skin. We preheat both a baking stone and a roasting pan in the oven before placing the turkey in the pan. The stone absorbs heat and delivers it through the pan to the turkey’s legs and thighs, which need to cook to a higher temperature than the delicate breast meat (which we protect with a foil shield). This means the white and dark meat finish cooking at the same time—no overcooked turkey here.
How to Set a Schedule for Thanksgiving Success
Want to get as much done as early as possible? Figure out what you're going to do when. What can be prepared in advance and refrigerated or frozen? What must be done the day of the holiday meal? Pay close attention to oven times and temperatures when making the timeline for the day of the meal. We outline the days leading up to Thanksgiving so you can feel prepared and ready to cook like a pro on the big day.