You’ve roasted the bird, it’s absolutely perfect, and now all your guests are waiting for you to carve it. How to carve a turkey—the right way—depends entirely on whom you ask. But one thing’s for sure: There’s a subtle art and science to it, and unless you’re Alton Brown on Turkey Day, then this guide might be useful to peruse before you tackle the beast.
I have a recurring nightmare every year around this time about carving a turkey for Thanksgiving. It starts out as more of a fantasy: My friends and family are gathered around an elegant, sophisticated living room, sipping some sort of festive cocktail and nibbling on perfect two-bite gougères I was organized and technically skilled enough to whip up with no drama.