Question: Can I Cut A Turkey In Half To Cook It?

How do I cut a whole turkey in half to cook?

Place the turkey breast-side down and use the shears to cut along each side of the backbone.

You’ll be cutting through the leg and rib bones, so it might take some elbow grease.

Now, trim off the excess fat around the cavity and use your paring knife to cut around the wishbone and pull it out..

What is it called when you cut a turkey in half?

A spatchcock turkey (also called “butterflied turkey”) is a whole turkey with its backbone removed. The turkey is then opened up like a book and laid flat before roasting.

How long do you let a turkey sit before you cut it?

A: Ideally, your turkey should rest 30 to 40 minutes to let the juices redistribute. (This gives you enough time to make gravy, too.) We usually recommend that the turkey get back into the refrigerator within 2 hours, so by the time you carve and serve, that timeframe works pretty well.

Is it safe to partially cook a turkey?

Although you should never partially cook a turkey and complete cooking later, you can cook the bird ahead of time and reheat the meat later. After removing the fully cooked turkey from the oven, let it sit for 30 minutes to allow the juices to settle into the meat before carving.

Why do you Spatchcock a turkey?

Why Should You Spatchcock a Turkey? Not only will spatchcocking turkey ensure plenty of crisp skin (since virtually all of it is out in the open), it makes it much easier to cook the white and dark meat evenly—meaning the breast will stay juicy. It cuts down on the total cooking time too, always a plus.