Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether you’re a veteran turkey roaster or a first-timer, it’s important to always follow food safety guidelines.  Your Hy-Vee Dietitian, Jen Haugen, will “talk turkey” with your viewers by giving a few turkey-roasting tips and sharing a delicious recipe using leftover turkey.  Following these suggestions can help ensure a Happy Thanksgiving for everyone this year.

Food Safety Guidelines

1. Defrosting your turkey – Leave the turkey in its original wrapping and place it on a tray in your refrigerator.  You should allow five hours per pound defrosting time.

2. Cooking a frozen turkey without defrosting – If you don’t defrost your bird, you can cook it in the oven, but don’t grill, smoke, microwave or deep-fry a frozen turkey.  Cooking time takes longer than if defrosted.  Take the recommended cooking time for a thawed turkey and add 50 percent of that time to the original time.  For example, a turkey that should take about 5 hours to roast if already thawed will take about 7-1/2 hours to roast if frozen

3. Roasting time for unstuffed turkey

10- to 18-pound turkey: 3 to 3-1/2 hours
18- to 22-pound turkey: 3-1/2 to 4 hours
22- to 24-pound turkey: 4 to 4-1/2 hours
24- to 30-pound turkey: 4-1/2 to 5 hours
*For optimum safety, the USDA does not recommend stuffing a turkey.  For more even cooking, it is recommended to cook the stuffing separately from the turkey.  Use a food thermometer to assure the stuffing reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165º F.

4. Check the temperature - Check turkey’s temperature in three places: the breast, the outer thigh and the inside thigh.  In every case, the meat should be at least 165°F. If any piece is under that temperature, put the turkey back in the oven for another 20 minutes. Shield the breast meat with foil if needed to keep it from overcooking.

5. Leftovers – Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of cooking.

Smoked Turkey Whole-Grain Slider

Serves: 4


All you need

4 Hy-Vee Bakery Fresh 100% whole-grain cocktail buns

¼ cup apple butter, divided

¼ pound Di Lusso deli sliced smoked turkey or leftover turkey, divided

2 (1 oz each) slices Havarti cheese, halved and divided

1 medium apple, such as Granny Smith or Braeburn, cored and thinly sliced

4 fresh lettuce leaves


All you do

  1. Place buns on cutting board and split open.  Spread apple butter evenly on top side of each bun.
  2. On the bottom bun half without apple butter, place 1 oz. turkey, a half slice of Havarti cheese, one-fourth the apple slices and a lettuce leaf. Repeat for other 3 bun halves.
  3. Top each prepared bun bottom with the top half, apple-butter-side down.

Nutrition facts per serving: 200 calories, 7 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 530 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 11 g protein.  40% vitamin A, 6% vitamin C, 10% calcium, 15% iron.


Source: Adapted from Tri-Foods International

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

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