Evan Lobel gave a master’s class on carving holiday turkeys when he joined Martha Stewart for a live demonstration on Martha. He was featured in a segment called “30 Things Everyone Should Know.” You can watch the video on Martha’s website.
Evan’s Carving Instructions:
1. Let the turkey rest 20–25 minutes after removing it from the oven.
2. Remove the leg and thigh by slicing down through the ball joint that connects the thigh to the body.
3. If the turkey is stuffed, remove the stuffing now.
4. Remove one side of the breast. Start at the breastbone and work your knife along the curve of one side the rib cage.
5. When you’ve cut down as far as you can go, make a horizontal cut along the bottom and remove the breast in one piece.
6. Place the breast on a serving platter or cutting board and cut slices from the breast.
7. Separate the thigh meat from the bone with your fingers.
8. Serve the drumsticks whole or remove the meat with your fingers being careful to remove the tendons as you go.
How did you learn how to carve a turkey, or will this Thanksgiving be your first time? Or maybe you always delegate the task to someone else? Who is in charge of carving the turkey at your Thanksgiving table? Do you carve it at the table, or do you carve it in the kitchen, then bring the platter to the table? Do you consider yourself a master turkey-carver? Or have you had any turkey carving disasters in the past?