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Carving a Turkey

If you get carving duty on Thanksgiving, you can wow the family with your turkey-carving skills. Following a simple process can help you carve a turkey into succulent pieces, instead of creating a bird-related disaster area:

1

Place the cooked turkey on a cutting board.

Position it breast-side up with the drumsticks facing you.

2

Slice through a leg where it meets the breast and pry the leg from the body.

You want to expose the hip joint.

3

Slice through the hip joint and separate the leg from the body.

You can carve the drumsticks or leave them whole.

4

Find the thigh bone with your knife and cut the thigh meat off.

Cut the meat parallel to the bone.

5

Slice through the joint between the wing and breast.

You should be able to easily remove the wing after slicing the joint.

6

Hold the knife parallel to the center bone and cut thin slices from the breast.

Begin about halfway up the breast, and start a little higher with each slice.

Now, you just need to find someone who will cut the other side of the turkey!

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