Thanksgiving in America is a time of great tradition. The holiday originated from residents giving thanks to God after the harvest for blessing them with a good harvest. It has become a tradition that continues to this day: every fourth Thursday in November, a bountiful feast is served to give thanks, not only for the harvest, but for everything else they have to be thankful for in the past year.
The regular celebration was instituted by Franklin D. Roosevelt and is one of the most beloved holidays of the year for Americans, along with Christmas. Thanksgiving Thursday is a public holiday, after which Americans can enjoy sales promotions and discounts, and the start of the run-up to Christmas.
Thanksgiving is a time when everyone in the family, even those who live far away, travel home to gather together and enjoy the traditional meals. One of the most popular of all is turkey, which has become such a key part of Thanksgiving that some people refer to the holiday as Turkey Day. The popular dish features a golden-brown, juicy turkey with the famous cranberry sauce and stuffing, served with mashed potatoes and green beans. And for desserts, pumpkin pie is in its heyday this time of year.
Turkey only became a fashionable Thanksgiving meal at the turn of the 19th century. There are several reasons for its popularity. Firstly, there were plenty of turkeys available to Americans during this period, they could be found anywhere on much of the continent, and secondly, turkeys were always available on a family farm, so they could be easily slaughtered at any time. Besides their meat, turkeys were of no use to farmers, since they produced neither milk nor eggs. Thirdly, the huge size of the turkeys was perfect for a large family. Although Thanksgiving in Hungary is not as significant a holiday as the Christmas season that follows, an exciting turkey dish has as much place on the domestic holiday table as it does at Thanksgiving parties overseas.
There are many different recipes and methods for the perfect turkey, but if you want to be on the safe side, follow Wolfgang Puck's instructions. The chef legend now shares the secret to the perfect turkey.
Wolfgang Puck's recipe for the perfect roast turkey:
Serves 10-12 people
How to make it:
Wolfgang Puck's extra tips for the roast turkey
It is also a good idea to save any fat that has dripped off the meat in the sheet for later, as it can be used in sauces or other gravies served with the meat.
Wolfgang Puck likes to roast his turkey on a bed of vegetables. To do this, you simply toss the cut vegetables with garlic in the bottom of the sheet, spread them out evenly and then place the meat on top. Once cooked, the vegetables will absorb the seasoned fat, making it the perfect side dish.
The most professional way to carve the turkey is to first cut the turkey in half down the middle and then cut the skin between the breasts and legs. Run the knife along the breastbone and lift off the turkey breast. Finally, cut diagonally into slices.