Thanksgiving Tips

Ask Dr. Joy

Thanksgiving Tips



Question: I have never cooked for Thanksgiving. What do I need to know?

Answer: Thaw frozen turkeys 4 days ahead of time in refrigerator.

Take the bird out of the refrigerator or the brine 1 hour before baking.

Dry the turkey well so the skin will be crisp. Dry inside cavity too and salt inside.

Cook the bird on a rack inside a drip pan.

Cook the stuffing in a pan on the stove top, not in the bird.

Start the turkey at 475 degrees for 30 minutes. Then turn it down to 350 for remainder.

Don’t baste the bird. Test temperature with meat thermometer. Take out of the oven with it reaches

165 degrees. Let rest 15 minutes before carving.



Question: How do I make gluten free gravy?

Answer: Dr. Joy’s Easy, Vegetarian, Herbal, Dairy and Gluten Free Gravy

Put 3 Tbsp. grape seed oil in medium heat pan. Saute sliced mushrooms and chopped shallots.
Add a pinch of each dried herb for flavor: dill, basil, sage and parsley (or your favorites).
In separate bowl, place 1 Tbsp. thickener (oat flour, tapioca or arrow root starch).

Slowly add a little vegetable broth, stirring to prevent lumps.

When smooth, slowly add this slurry to the pan.

Stir as you add more broth to the pan and the thickening continues. Salt to taste.

Question: What is a brined turkey?

Answer: Soaking a turkey in salt water with spices flavors and adds moisture to the bird. This helps prevent

drying out during the baking process. Bake the turkey as directed on the package or by weight.

Check the turkey wrapper in the store first. Many birds have already been brined. Don’t leave a

turkey soaking in brine too long. It will get too salty.



Question: I need some fresh ideas for vegetable dishes.

Answer: Roasted Roots and Winter Squashes
Chop in 2 inch chunks your choice of: sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, yellow onions, and

winter squashes. (Select for variety of colors.)
Place in greased baking pan and sprinkle with pinches of dried rosemary, thyme and marjoram.
Drizzle with Grape seed oil. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes until tender and browning.



Question: I’m tired of turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving. What else can I do with leftover turkey?

Answer: Make your favorite casserole and substitute turkey for beef. Add leftover vegetables. Warm in oven.

Make a cream sauce or white sauce. Add turkey to warm. Pour over cooked pasta to serve.

Cook your favorite stir fry recipe. Use turkey instead of chicken. Warm leftover vegetables in the

pan. Serve with rice.