Do you like to entertain but hate spending all day long in the kitchen cooking a turkey? Try spatchcocking your bird! This simple method will cut your shackles to the stove and reduce cook time to about an hour so you can feed your hungry friends fast and focus on your guests rather than on their dinner.
Spatchcock your turkey to shave hours off the cook time of traditional preparation.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)
Preparing a turkey dinner used to take me up to a week of prep time, which included thawing a frozen bird, brining the poor creature, then roasting it for what seemed like days. By the time the turkey was actually on the table, I was ready to eat something else entirely. But now I purchase fresh birds from the butcher and spatchcock my turkey—which means I remove its backbone—for faster, more even cooking which dramatically reduces its time in the oven to about an hour.
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