How to get an accurate turkey temperature

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2013 Holiday Cooking Timeline

Holidays, Thanksgiving | November 8, 2013 | By

Use this sample schedule for easy preparation of your Dream Dinners Holiday Roasted Turkey and sides. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 3 -5 days before: Thaw all of your holiday items in the refrigerator.
  • Approximately 3 ½ hours before: Bake your Holiday Roasted Turkey. Remove holiday sides from fridge and bring to room temperature.
  • 2 ½ hours before: Bake your Holiday Green Bean Casserole 40-45 min., then add French onion topping and bake an additional 10-15 min with turkey in oven. ** hold
  • 1 ½ hours before: Bake Holiday Sweet Potatoes with Maple Brown Sugar 30-35 min., then add marshmallows and bake an additional 8-10 min. with turkey in oven. **hold

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Thanksgiving Dinner Cooking Timeline Suggestions

We are so glad you bought the delicious Dream Dinners Holiday Turkey because you’re in for a treat! Just a reminder, if you’re planning to serve it on Thanksgiving day, place it and your Family Favorite Sides in the refrigerator to thaw 3-5 days before.

The best way to thaw a frozen turkey is in the unopened wrapper on a tray in the refrigerator. It takes 4 hours per pound to thaw a turkey (24 hours for every 5 pounds). Your Holiday Turkey may weigh between 6-8 pounds. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature. If short on time, you may thaw the turkey in cold water in the original wrapping, cover completely with cold water, making sure the water is changed every 30 minutes to keep the turkey surface cold.

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Turkey and Red Grape Salad

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Recipes | May 25, 2012 | By

Turkey and Red Grape Salad
Serves 6
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Combine the following in a large mixing bowl
  1. 4 cups cooked turkey, cut in 1 inch cubes
  2. 1 cup chopped celery
  3. 2 cups red grapes, halved
  4. 1 cup slivered almonds
  5. 1 cup Swiss cheese, cut in 1 inch cubes
  6. Dressing
  7. ¼ cup non fat sour cream
  8. ¼ cup lite mayonnaise
  9. 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  10. 2 Tbsp sugar
  11. 1 tsp kosher salt
  12. ½ tsp pepper
  13. ¼ cup finely chopped parsley (optional)
Instructions
  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl, pour over turkey mixture and toss to coat.
  2. Refrigerate.
  3. Best served chilled over a bed of red leaf lettuce.
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Oriental Turkey Salad

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Recipes | May 23, 2012 | By

Oriental Turkey Salad
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small head of Napa Cabbage, shredded, approx. 4 cups
  2. 1 small head of green leaf lettuce, chopped, approx. 2 cups
  3. 3 green onions, chopped
  4. 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  5. ½ cup slivered almonds
  6. 3 cups cooked turkey, chopped
  7. 1 package of Oriental noodles (like Top Ramen), crushed
  8. Dressing
  9. ½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  10. ½ cup vegetable oil
  11. 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  12. ¼ cup sugar
  13. 1 tsp kosher salt
  14. 1 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine chopped vegetables and turkey.
  2. Whisk dressing in small bowl.
  3. Add almonds and crushed noodles into salad and toss with dressing just before serving.
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Turkey, Apple, Brie Sandwiches

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Recipes | May 21, 2012 | By

Turkey, Green Apple and Brie Grilled Sandwiches with Honey Dijon spread
Serves 6
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Combine
  1. ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  2. ¼ cup honey
Set aside
  1. 12 slices Sourdough bread
  2. 2 large Granny Smith Apples
  3. 12 slices of roasted turkey
  4. 12 oz Brie Cheese
Instructions
  1. Open 6 slices of sourdough bread, spread with the honey mustard spread (or save to serve on the side of the sandwiches)
Top each slice with
  1. 2 slices of turkey
  2. 2 slices of green apple, peel on, core removed
  3. 2 ½ inch slices of Brie cheese, about 2 oz total on each
  4. Top with slice of bread and place on a griddle sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
  5. Grill 4 – 5min on med high and turn sandwich, grill to golden 2 – 4 more min.
  6. Set rest 5 min before cutting.
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Turkey and Asparagus Quiche

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Recipes | May 19, 2012 | By

Turkey and Asparagus Quiche
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 unbaked refrigerated pie shell
  2. 2 cups chopped asparagus
  3. ¼ cup cooked bacon crumbles
  4. 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  5. 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, can use mozzarella or Parmesan
  6. 6 eggs
  7. ½ cup milk
  8. 1 tsp kosher salt
  9. ½ tsp pepper
  10. ¼ tsp nutmeg
  11. Zest of ½ lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Press pie shell dough into a deep dish pie pan, crimp edges if necessary.
  3. Steam the asparagus over boiling water or in microwave 1 min.
  4. Into pie shell, add turkey, bacon, steamed asparagus and cheese.
  5. Whisk egg, milk and seasonings together, pour over pie shell ingredients.
  6. Bake uncovered until firm, about 45 min.
  7. Let rest 10 min before cutting.
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Roasted Turkey Cooking Instructions & Recipes

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These recommended directions work for our Dream Dinners french cut, boneless 6-8 lb turkey, a store-bought 16 lb turkey or 6 -8 lb turkey breast.

The best way to thaw a frozen turkey is in the unopened wrapper on a tray in the refrigerator. It takes 4 hours per pound to thaw a turkey (24 hours for every 5 pounds). Your Dream Dinners turkey may weigh between 6-8 pounds. Never thaw a turkey at room temperature. If short on time, you may thaw the turkey in cold water in the original wrapping, cover completely with cold water, making sure

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