What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's turkey carving instructions

Chef Vinny Olivieri, of Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, shows News 12's Lily Stolzberg how to carve a turkey.

News 12 Staff

Nov 25, 2020, 9:46 AM

Updated 1,277 days ago


Chef Vinny Olivieri, of Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, shows News 12's Lily Stolzberg how to carve a turkey.
Below find the instructions:

1. Remove the legs and thighs

Cut through the skin that connects the breast and the drumstick. Slice down until you reach the joint. Using a paper towel, grab the leg and push down, separating the leg and thigh from the bird. Use your chef's knife to slice through the joint.

2. Remove the drumsticks

Separate the drumstick and the thigh by cutting through the joint that connects them. Transfer the drumstick to a platter; set aside the thigh meat on a cutting board to slice later. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the other leg.

3. Remove turkey breasts

Find the breastbone. Position a long, flexible knife (or a boning knife) on one side of it, and slice downward, as close to the bone as possible. As you slice, use your other hand to pull the meat away from the breastbone, until you've cut the breast off the carcass in one piece. Transfer to the cutting board.

4. Remove the wings

Using the chef's knife, slicing through the joint to remove a wing, and transfer to the platter. Repeat steps 5 and 6 on the other side.

5. Slice the thigh meat

Work on the cutting board. Holding the thigh bone with tongs or a paper towel, remove the meat from the bone with the edge of the chef's knife or paring knife. Slice thigh meat into manageable portions and transfer meat to platter.

6. Slice the breast meat

Using the tongs to steady the breast, position the meat so you'll cut it at its shorter length. Slice against the grain, taking care to keep the skin attached. Transfer pieces neatly to a platter.

7. Plating the sliced turkey

Try and keep whole sliced breast in-tact and transfer over to a large platter. Place sliced meat down and press down on slices to fan them out. Place second breast slightly lower and fan out the opposite direction. Place sliced thigh meat below breasts. Cross turkey legs at the bottom of the platter off to the side. Place wings at the opposite corner on the top side of the platter. Garnish platter with fresh herbs and cranberries.

Important Tips:

Have a cutting board with a drip channel to catch all residual juices.
Have a couple of knives - pairing, chef and carving knife - for precise execution.

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