Happy Turkey Day! Well…a little late, but hey…it’s turkey!
And since I had nowhere to be this weekend, I decided to do my own little Thanksgiving Dinner. I did turkey for the first time! And I didn’t dry it out! I do have to say one thing…BRINE YOUR BIRD!!! Ever since I saw the Good Eats episode where AB brined his turkey, I’ve wanted to try it, but I could never convince the family to do it.
This is, without a doubt, the most incredible turkey I’ve ever eaten. Juicier than any turkey I’d ever had. And trust me, I’ve had some dry turkey! I got a 7 pound breast, brined it overnight in a gallon of water with a cup of salt and half a cup of brown sugar dissolved in. This morning, I pulled it out of the liquid, patted it dry, then put it in the fridge uncovered for about an hour to let the skin dry a bit. Next, brushed it with melted butter and sherry, then baked at 350 until it reached 153 degrees. Carryover did the rest.
Seriously…I’m taking juice running down the chin juicy. Turkey you don’t want to stop eating juicy. Holy crap I can’t believe that I made turkey that good my very first time juicy.
Have I mentioned that you need to BRINE YOUR TURKEY??
I also spent the morning making Green Bean Casserole (yes, I LOVE it!), Sweet Potato Casserole, Stuffing, Cream Cheese Corn, and Maple-Worcestershire Gravy. Gravy recipe here:
Needless to say, I had no counter space left over…
And because Strider was such a good helper, he got a Thanksgiving meal of his own.
And before anyone reams me for the corn…it’s fresh, and that’s all he gets for the next year.
Of course, I had to have dessert…I’d call it Classic Pumpkin Pie…But as you can see, there’s something missing. That’s because the crust fell apart when I was trying to put it in the baking dish, so I tried it without the crust, and it turned out really good.
And finally…the food coma:
Sorry folks…no love for the Cranberry Sauce. It’s okay, but I’ve never been a huge of it; fresh or canned. Besides, everything else was good enough!
Happy Holidays everyone! And brine your turkey!