Forty-six million turkeys are eaten over the week of Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation, but not all are cooked without some turkey drama or trauma on the part of the chef.
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Butterball says it answers more than 100,000 questions on their "Turkey Talk-Line" each year, with top questions centering on thawing a turkey, the cooking temperature and more.
To solve your turkey traumas and have your Thanksgiving dinner go smoothly, "Good Morning America" assembled an all-star lineup: celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, Food Network favorite Amanda Freitag, and "Food Network Star" champ and former NFL player Eddie Jackson to answer your questions and dish up some last-minute recipe ideas. (Dealing with your family is up to you!)
One viewer asked an important turkey-prep question via social media: "Where should I put the thermometer and does it stay in the whole time?"
“Cook your turkey to about 155 degrees and let it rest for about half an hour," DiSpirito said. "And you want to put the thermometer into the thigh. Let it sit there for a few minutes and adjust to catch the temperature.”
DiSpirito also offered up two secret ingredients to improve gravy: bourbon and protein powder.
Rocco DiSpirito's Turkey Recipes
Go big with this bacon-wrapped turkey recipe that DiSpirito created for "GMA." This bacon-wrapped turkey with chunky bacon and chestnut gravy comes with all of the fixings. Click here for the recipe.
If you're tight on time, try DiSpirito's recipe for a boneless turkey breast, poached in 10-spice olive oil. The prep time is approximately 30 minutes and the cook time is approximately 30 minutes. Click here for the full recipe.
Amanda Freitag's Sides
Amanda Freitag, a Food Network favorite and author of "The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef's Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking," shares some of her favorite side dishes like smashed Yukon gold potatoes, cornbread and Challah stuffing, and green beans with toasted almonds.
Eddie Jackson's Dessert
The winner of "Food Network Star" and former NFL player Eddie Jackson has some easy and delicious dessert ideas. There's still time to make his sweet potato rum pie,/b> which has a touch of Caribbean flair. Click here for the full recipe.
Or there's his slow-cooker bread pudding, with cranberries, raisins, pumpkin puree, cinnamon and maple syrup! Click here for the full recipe.