Because I have made our family's thanksgiving turkey for the last 6 years or so, I was not upset to pass this task onto my brother, who also happens to be a chef. This year he de-boned the turkey, soaked it in an 'apple cider-salt-probably alot of other stuff brine' for a while and then wrapped it in bacon before cooking it.
It was delicious and so much easier to carve - you were basically slicing a loaf of bread. Plus, we had bacon as side dish.
For all specifics you will have to ask my brother, but he said deboning was easy - just slide your hands around the rib cage and pull it out. I am not going to ask any more questions, I will just continue to eat it at thanksgiving!
At first I was concerned that I wouldn't have any leftover bones to make soup with - but I just took home the uncooked parts that had not been used, covered them with tomato paste and roasted them in the oven before continuing as usual to make soup.
Did you try anything new this thanksgiving? What are some of your family traditions that you love?