When you butterfly your bird you're essentially flattening it so it cooks faster and more evenly. You can always ask your butcher to do this, but it's easy enough to do at home. For an eight-person Thanksgiving dinner, start with a 15-pound turkey -- it'll be enough to feed your guests and still have leftovers. You can buy a frozen turkey and let it thaw in the fridge for several days, but it's best to buy one fresh.
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