Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

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It’s that time of year again, turkey time! And that means a couple of lucky readers are getting their Butterball turkeys for free! I’ve partnered with my favorite turkey brand, Butterball, again this year.

We’ve been talking about how to avoid Thanksgiving mishaps, but today I wanted to talk about tips on how to try and achieve a picture worthy Thanksgiving feast. This is something that I myself struggle with every year too. You not only want your food to be delicious, but also look delicious too!

Tips for a picture perfect Thanksgiving

  1. Pretty golden brown bird – There are lots of ways to achieve a moist, delicious bird like baking bags, roasters and cooking it upside down, but making it look pretty is a different story. For the prettiest bird, I like to roast mine on a beer can roaster on the grill, smoke it on the grill or in the smoker, or fry it in a turkey fryer. This will make it beautifully brown AND tasty.
  2. To plate the bird, I add garnishes like curly leaf parsley or fresh sprigs of sage, sliced oranges and fresh cranberries around the cooked turkey on the platter.
  3. To dress up sides I add freshly chopped flat leaf parsley and put them in pretty serving bowls.
  4. I also  have a pretty salad made in a large bowl. It’s healthy and beautiful.
  5. I always pull out the my china on Thanksgiving too. Beautiful plates always make the meal better. For larger get-togethers, I love those clear disposable dishes you can pick up at the party store. They are cheap and easy!
  6. For the desserts, I like to add freshly whipped cream or have a big tub of vanilla ice cream (or even Cool Whip) on hand. It’s delicious and can camouflage less than perfect pie crusts and cracked pies.

If you have a smart phone, Butterball has an app for you too, The Butterball Cookbook Plus App – Recipes for Thanksgiving & Every Day Occasions. At just $4.99, it’s loaded with great recipes, information on turkey tips, how-to videos, upcoming Butterball promotions and more.

And remember that the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line lady is also available to answer your Thanksgiving meal questions, share ways to save or to gobble up any turkey-day cooking myths. Their number is 1-800-BUTTERBALL.

To enter to win a free Butterball turkey, share in the comment section below your best advice for a picture perfect Thanksgiving or your early bird preparation tips.

Thanks for to everyone who participated! Winners have been chosen and emailed. Congrats Brian and Andrew!

(Facebook fans that enter in the comment section on Facebook are also entered to win!)

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  32 Responses to “Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway”

  1. Kel — November 14, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    We brine the turkey starting two days in advance. thanks!!

  2. Anonymous — November 14, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Let it be me!! Since we are dining at a friends house I will donate the certificate to a food center,

  3. Cindi Poole — November 14, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    It would be a God-send to win a Butterball turkey.

  4. Paula - bell'alimento — November 14, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Brine the turkey.

  5. Tracey — November 14, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I discovered a few years ago what a difference a very simple brine makes..my family raves over how good the turkey is because of it! =)

  6. Mark P. Boxshus — November 14, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Every year I always donate 4 quarts of my home made turkey stock and 2 turkeys to my local food pantry. On each container I have my recipe for home made gravy and brining instructions. People really appreciate the additional help, and I feel good knowing that someone else won’t go hungry or hopefully wind up with a dry turkey on this special holiday. If I win…..I’ll make it 3 turkeys this year. Thanks for this special offer…….and Happy Thanksgiving…..

  7. Julie — November 14, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    I don’t have any turkey tips but I have learned over the years to plan ahead and keep it simple thaks for the giveaway

  8. LaTanya — November 14, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Have others bring dishes so you do not do all the cooking

  9. Nicole-Lynn — November 14, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    A picture perfect thankgiving would be with a nice, golden butterball turkey cooked to perfection with basic salt and pepper seasoning! Served with all the trimmings.. sweet potato casserole, stuffing, corn, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, rolls!

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  10. Avery K. — November 14, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Make the dressing the day before so all you have to do is heat it up in the oven while the Turkey rests!

  11. Throuthehaze — November 14, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    I brine the turkey!!

  12. Anonymous — November 14, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    plan ahead.

  13. Stacy — November 14, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Put butter under the skin, it keeps the turkey moist and helps wityh making the gravy

  14. Mary Happymommy — November 14, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Ask for guests to bring a side dish.

  15. Brian — November 14, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    Great tips! We always smoke our bird outside. Frees up the oven and makes one tasty turkey!

  16. Nicole Vosburgh — November 14, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    Creating a detailed list a week ahead of time along with cooking times, etc. It will make Thanksgiving day flow a lot easier.

  17. Jessie C. — November 14, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Prepare extra food (deli or so)

  18. Anon — November 15, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    Alton Brown’s turkey recipe makes a very moist turkey!

  19. Erin from Long Island — November 15, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    Brining is the key to the perfect bird. I am partial to Alton Brown’s or using herbs and salt heated in cider and cooled

  20. Cassie McSassy — November 15, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I cover the entire turkey in strips of bacon. The bacon is then crumbled into the stuffing. It’s fab and mouth-wateringly delicious.

  21. lisa s — November 15, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    I have become a big fan of brining. Bird comes out super juicy. Also have warm chicken broth on hand to add moisture to turkey or stuffing.

  22. Sarah — November 15, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    I brine my bird and then give it a lovely apple cider cranberry glaze. It gets that great browned skin with some extra flavor from the molasses and cranberries.

  23. Marsha A — November 15, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    I start the turkey at a very high temp them turn it down and roast it slowly. It seals the turkey and keeps it nice and moise.

  24. Alli Miller @ Cupcake Diaries — November 15, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    I like to have things like sweet potatoes prepped, in the pan, and ready to throw in the oven when I need them. If I make even just those up and put them in the fridge to bake the next day, it relieves so much stress on Thanksgiving!

  25. Melissa — November 15, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    Planning ahead really helps! Getting the bird cleaned and prepped early prevents stress on the big day. Turkeys really are the perfect holiday feast!

  26. Diane A — November 15, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    Remember, Thanksgiving (or any other large family gathering) is NOT the time to test out a new recipe! Stick to tried and true recipes.

  27. Blessie Nelson — November 15, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    It’s so important to brine the bird atleast 3 days with salt and veggies! I use white truffle butter to rub under the skin to give it an exquiste taste!

  28. Melissa H. — November 15, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    I love to make cute placeholders with the guest’s names. 🙂

  29. Mary — November 15, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    Thank you for the tips and the chance to win a turkey!

  30. Erica Best — November 15, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    i would love any tips my turkey is look nice.

  31. Andrew — November 15, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    I like to to make as much stuff in advance as possible!

  32. Anonymous — November 20, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    Give thanks to the lord

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