11 Dec Reader Question: How to Carve Poultry
Last week, after I posted a no-carve recipe for Apple Roast Chicken, I learned I’m not the only one who dreads slicing up a bird in front of guests. With Christmas racing towards us, I thought I should cover this issue sooner rather than later.
However, words alone don’t do this sort of technique justice, and if I attempted the demonstration myself the resulting footage would look more like a Saturday Night Live send-up of Julia Child than an informative cooking video. So, I turned once again to the experts at Rouxbe Online Cooking School for assistance. Joe kindly provided not one but two videos to demonstrate this intimidating-but-easy-to-acquire skill.
The first, How to Carve Poultry, describes the basics. Follow these directions and you’ll have a lovely platter of perfectly carved meat. You need to watch this video (less than 3 minutes) to understand the second, which shows you how to carve a turkey — both at the table in front of drooling guests and in the privacy of the kitchen where you can load the platter for easier serving.
Either way, between these two videos you should be able to handle the Christmas goose, capon, chicken, turkey or duck. Having ham? You’re on your own.
How to Carve Poultry:
How to Carve Turkey:
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Do you serve poultry at Christmas? If so, does the appointed carver do the bird justice or will you be sending them here for a few pointers?