Cooking a Christmas Turkey : Chopping Onions for a Christmas Turkey

Uploaded by expertvillage on 22.01.2008

My name is Brandon Sarkis on behalf of Expert Village. Today I'm going to show you how to
make a holiday turkey. Alright, so let's go ahead and cut up our onion. So this is all
ready, I already cut this onion in half, because I only needed half of an onion. So we're just
going to take our knife, cut right there, peel away the outer layer here. And you can
see how this onion did something kind of weird. See how it still has skin going to the inside
of it? So what we're going to have to do is we can just go like this, and basically trim
that right out. So there, it's gone. You want to watch out for that because sometimes the
skin can actually go from the inside, outside, all the way back into the inside of the onion.
That could lead to some really not so great onion moments. So, all we're going to do here
is we're just going to cut this onion into large like strips to just stuff inside the
turkey. If you cut them too small, you're going to end up with your onions, they're
just going to turn into mush inside. So something about like this, and then we're just going
to cut it in half, just like that. Work it up with your hand to break it up a little
bit. Because we don't want whole clumps of onion inside there, we want to actually break
all the pieces apart, as best we can. And, let's see here, what I'm going to do is I'm
actually going to put these in a bowl and season them with olive oil, salt, and pepper
so we actually kind of season the inside of the turkey as well. So, with that being done,
let's go ahead and get our bowl, and we'll just take, put our onion right into the bowl.
Take just a tiny bit of olive oil, just like that, actually, I'll put that right there,
a little bit of salt. Something else you can also do is you can also add garlic at this
point. I'm just going to go with salt and pepper though. I'll be a bit of a traditionalist.
There we go. We'll just take this, get your hand in there, get it all nice and olive oily.
You don't want to use a whole lot though. You don't want a bunch of oil inside your
turkey, just enough to soften up these onions as they cook. So now this will add a nice
degree of flavor inside the onion, and as the onion steam, inside the turkey rather,
and as the onion steam out, you'll get that oniony flavor inside. So let's move on to
our bird again.