Southern Italian Stuffed Turkey- Delicato Family Cookbook
WINE SERVING TIPS FOR HOLIDAY DINNER
Today, most entertaining is dictated not by etiquette books but by individual tastes. The way you serve wine should reflect your own style of hospitality. Here are some simple suggestions that will make your wine service more attractive while preserving a touch of tradition.
First decide on a menu, then choose the wine. If you have your own cellar, get the wines out in the morning and place them upright. If you are purchasing wines, buy them the day before serving, since wines don’t like movement or temperature changes before they’re opened.
HOW MUCH WINE?
The standard wine bottle is 750 ml, one “fifth” of a gallon, or 25 ounces. This will provide four servings, using a nine-ounce all-purpose glass.
Champagne portions are generally smaller, so expect to serve six guests from each 750 ml bottle.
For a dinner preceded by drinks or aperitifs, plan on one-fourth bottle per guest. If dinner is to be leisurely, with several courses, allow one-half bottle per person. If you are serving several wines, determine quantity in the same way, allowing one-fourth bottle per guest for each course. Amounts vary, of course, according to the length of the dinner and the desire of the diner.
Delicato Family Recipe:
Combine ground beef, onion, rice, garlic, parsley, cheese, and egg. Mix well. Stuff turkey and close tightly with skewers or thread. Rub bird with olive oil, salt and pepper. Put turkey into covered roaster and place in unheated oven. Set temperature to 550° for 15 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 450° for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 400° for an additional hour.
After 2 hours and 15 minutes, remove lid on roaster and baste bird with drippings. Add peeled and quartered potatoes, carrots and onions. Cook covered at 375° for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are cooked.