A turkey that is not cooked all the way through on Thanksgiving morning can still be served by the early afternoon targeted dinner time. Salvaging a turkey that is taking too long to cook requires a little ingenuity and some patience and maybe even a distraction to keep your hungry, hungry hippos from an all out attack on the kitchen.
If you cut into your Thanksgiving turkey only to be greeted with parts of the interior that are still pink, head back to your kitchen and stare down the dirty dog oven that caused this embarrassment in the first place. Crank the temperature of the interior of the oven up to 400 degrees. Get yourself a shallow baking dish and get ready to do some work to avoid serving a raw bird this Thanksgiving.
Set the turkey up on the counter and start carving as if it were on the dining table surrounded by friends, family and loved ones. You should use your sharpest carving knife as carving turkey that is not fully cooked will be more of a difficult task than carving a fully cooked turkey. The purpose of carving the turkey is to salvage what is available for eating now while making sure that no one gets ill from eating turkey not fully cooked while allowing the oven to cook the rest of the undercooked turkey all the way. Place the salvageable turkey onto a serving platter until you can cut any more white meat and are left with only the pink. Place some aluminum foil over the carved slices of turkey on the serving platter.
To completely salvage your entire turkey and save Thanksgiving, place the uncooked pieces of turkey into that shallow baking dish that you have covered with oil. Cut away the parts of the turkey so that they will all fit nicely into the shallow dish. If you need to locate a wing over a leg, that’s all right, it won’t affect the ability of either limb to become fully cooked and edible. Get yourself some turkey stock or water if you don’t have turkey stock, though you should have turkey stock if you baked it. Either way, sprinkle the liquid over the turkey several times during the cooking process to make sure the turkey’s meat remains as moist as possible. Place a piece of aluminum foil over the pan and cook until there is no more pink turkey. You probably won’t need to cook the pink pieces more than a few minutes, but the will depend entirely on how much uncooked turkey you’ve got to cook.