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Spatchcocking a turkey breast?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06 09 4:51 am    Post subject: Spatchcocking a turkey breast? Reply with quote

Hate the title. I cut the backbone out of a turkey breast and could not get it flat. looked like I needed to break the breast bone. SO could someone explain spatchcocking?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09 11 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, breaking/cracking the breast bone is an essential part of spatchcocking. Put the blade of your knife right down the center of the breastbone and give it a knock or two downward onto the dull topside with the heel of your hand. You don't need to cut all the way through - just get it to crack so the bird lays down. I do all my turkeys this way for the smoker. Let's them cook evenly and quicker than non-spatchcocked birds.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09 11 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also take out the keel bone, that helps them lay flatter too!

Place the Turkey Breast down, cut out the backbone with poultry shears or a knife, then slide a knife down either side of the breast bone, cut through the cartilage and bend the breasts away from you, the keel bone should pop out, remove the dark colored bone.

Now when you flip it over it will lay a whole lot flatter.
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