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Spatchcocking 101 & Cranberry Salami: New Techniques For The Classics

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When Thanksgiving rolls around every year, do you stick to the script, or do you like to experiment to make the feast a little more memorable? With the big day looming, J.M. Hirsch joined Taylor in studio to talk about some new ways to cook the time honored tradition of roast turkey plus, ways to satisfy all of your guests without too much extra effort.

If you've got some great tips for making Thanksgiving great, let us know in the comments or join the conversation on our Facebook page. Bon appétit!

Spatchcocking 101

It sounds like a dirty word, but spatchcock is just a cooking technique. Spatchcock as a verb showed up around 1879 in reference to cooking, but in the 1900s it shows up with this definition: To insert, interpolate, or sandwich (a phrase, sentence, etc.) For example:

In the midst of telling my Aunt Joanne a story I heard on Word of Mouth, I spatchcocked in a description of artisanal ice making.

Feel free to work it into your lexicon during tomorrow's feast. And if you're strapped for time, try spatchcocking the turkey, Mark Bittman shows you how below.

Cranberry Salami?

For a new take on an old favorite, try out the dish J.M. made this year, cranberry salami. He used a recipe from Tyler Florence and you can find it here: Inside the Test Kitchen: 120 New Recipes, Perfected

Need some more ideas? Listen to Taylor's interview with J.M. below and you can also see what's on his menu this Thanksgiving at his website:

The Word of Mouth Producers picks for favorite Thanksgiving dish:

Maureen McMurray

Taylor Quimby

Logan Shannon

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