Instagram Is Excited To Try Martha Stewart's Turkey-Roasting Shortcut

As Thanksgiving draws nearer and nearer, the pressure to prepare the perfect turkey feels that much more intense. According to Food Network, anyone looking to whip up their own bird at home needs to assume each guest may eat up to a 1.5 pounds of turkey, which means that, assuming that it takes 20 minutes to cook each pound of turkey, that is a long day in the kitchen. Not to mention that your poultry needs to sit for 30 minutes before carving. With what feels like a million moving parts, creating the perfect centerpiece meal for the holiday feels next to impossible. Luckily, Martha Stewart shared one key trick when it comes to roasting that perfect turkey that easily won over fans.

On November 10, Stewart posted an Instagram photo of a carved turkey, and gave some tips in the caption. "Rather than roasting a whole bird this Thanksgiving, take the modern route and spatchcock the turkey," she said. (More on that in a minute.) "This method revolutionized turkey preparation," the lifestyle guru continued, saying that "it cuts the cooking time in half and arguably produces a better bird." 

"And don't let the term spatchcocking intimidate you," she added. "It basically means that the backbone is removed from the turkey so the bird lays flat rather than upright during roasting." Stewart went on to explain that this cooking method exposes more of the bird to direct heat and ends up cooking more evenly. In addition to turkey, Stewart notes you can spatchcock chicken as well. 

Fans love Martha Stewart's spatchcocking tip

Many of Martha Stewart's Instagram followers couldn't get enough of her turkey tip and flooded the post with praise. 

A ton of fans chimed in with excited replies like, "That looks so good! I can't wait!" and "I've always been so intimidated by spatchcocking but think I'm going to try!" While many couldn't wait to line up and try out this turkey shortcut, there were some who didn't feel won over. 

Some skeptics replied with "Nope, why fix something that isn't broken? I spatchcock my chickens all the time but my turkey gets roasted whole with stuffing. I've never had a problem roasting a turkey, and it never turns out dry. Don't know what the issue is," and "I tried it and was grossed out. Felt like cracking open human ribs/open heart surgery! Plus those bones are sharp! Turned out great but too traumatic for me."

While the method has attracted a bit of flak, most Martha Stewart devotees can't wait to give this cooking method a go this holiday season. If you have always struggled with your own turkey and have searched high and low for an easy shortcut, try Stewart's step-by-step spatchcocking instructions for yourself — and see if it lives up to her hype.