Health4U Staff Thanksgiving Favorites
Chef John is the Executive Chef, University Club of MSU
Featured Food: U Club Classics Yield: Serves 10

Ingredients

  • 16 lb. turkey, thawed, internal pieces removed
  • Salt, pepper, granulated garlic, onion, thyme, rubbed sage, poultry seasoning

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 4oo°F. Place the turkey in a large baking pan. Blend all the spices together and rub the outside skin and inside cavity. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325°F and cook for about 1 hour. Check the temperature of the turkey breast with a meat thermometer.

If cooking a day or two ahead, take turkey out of the oven when temperature reaches 140°F. Remove meat from bones, use two pans to sort dark meat from white meat, cover and refrigerate. Use the turkey carcass to make stock for gravy. On Thanksgiving Day, an hour or so before dinner, finish cooking the turkey in a 400°F oven until internal temperature reaches 155°F. Let rest for ½ hour before slicing.

If cooking and serving, bring the temperature up to 155°F. Let the turkey rest for at least ½ hour. Internal temperature will increase to 160 to 165°F. Now the turkey is ready to slice and serve.

Featured Recipes

Recipe For Health

Rhubarb & Strawberry Crisp

Combine tart rhubarb with sweet strawberries, add a streusel topping, and bake until bubbly. Dessert doesn’t get easier—or more classic—than this. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You’re sure to get rave reviews!

Recipe For Health

Farro Salad with Grilled Vegetables

Chewy farro grains are delicious in this autumn-y salad. Recipe yields enough for dinner for 2 to 4 with some left for a couple of lunches. To do this, make the base with dressing, farro, and grilled veggies. Add fresh veggies to the base as you go.

Recipe For Health

Pecan and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Roasting amps up the flavor in everything including pecans. Chef Kurt's attention to detail takes a traditional chocolate chip cookie to another level of yum!

Recipe For Health

Onion Soup

Onions, the simplest of pantry staples, mingle with butter, broth, and herbs to become luxuriously smooth and delicious. Add "homemade" croutons and a blend of cheeses to make a complete and satisfying meal.

More Food and Nutrition Recipes

Find a Recipe

Browse all recipes

Find a Class

Browse all courses

Search Health4U


Coaching and Counseling Services

Coaching and Counseling Services provides you with access to accurate health and lifestyle information, helping you to explore new behaviors and skills, and identifying useful campus and community resources.

MSU community members eligible for coaching and counseling services include faculty, staff, graduate assistants, retirees and the spouses/partners of members of these groups.

To schedule an appointment with Health4U you are not required to email us from your MSU email address; please email us from the email address you are most comfortable with. 

Read More

Departmental Services

The goal of department based services is to provide work units and colleagues the opportunity to learn about health and wellness as a group activity or exploration.  

Read More

Health e-Guide

This guide has been discontinued and is no longer viewable.

Visit Health e-Guide