Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I am reposting my "pretty bird" from last year because I always need a reminder how to do it myself. If you haven't put your turkey in the oven yet, try this out...
OK. This wing hanging out (at least I think it's a wing, I don't want to know) is not very attractive. The first year that I made a turkey myself, my mother tried to explain to me over the phone how to tuck it under. It's easier if you can see it instead of having it explained to you, so the following are pictures of how to do it. Every year I do this, I don't think I'm doing it right because you really have to force it sometimes and it feels like it's going to pop.
First, pull the wing towards you while lifting up the main part of the bird.
Start forcing it under the bird. It might fight you a little here...
Now that it is under, repeat on the other side.
Now put the back side of the wing under the leg and you're ready to oil and season.
My husband and I have done a little experiment every year. We make a breast and a whole bird and we switch off on each using either butter or vegetable oil. Every year the vegetable oil is the favorite and it's a lot easier to spread over the bird too. If you usually use butter, you might want to try it out and see what YOU think.
Then we season with salt and pepper and in 3-5 hours it will be ready to go.YUM! The house smells great!!
I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!