Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Meal

Is there anything else?
Well, I suppose some do ham...but really, Thanksgiving screams Turkey.
And so did the deals from the chain stores last week.  Spend $20, use a coupon for $10 off your turkey - which made our turkeys pretty darn inexpensive this holiday season.

So, all you need to do to cook a SIMPLE turkey is...
THAW the turkey thoroughly!
REMOVE the gunk that the turky makers insist on putting in the former stomach cavity.
Lightly oil the bird, then put sage, salt, and pepper on the skin of the bird, put in a roasting pan, some people prefer covered, others open, then bake!
BAKE for hours and hours at 325 degrees.  (it's about 12 to 15 minutes per pound)

carve and serve.
There are tons of marinades, brines, rubs, and other recipes for turkey on the web.  And the Butterball site, is the best at predicting how much turkey to buy, and how long to cook it.  These are important things to keep in mind when buying and preparing your meal.


2 cups turkey broth, made by boiling the neck (one of the things stuffed in the cavity of the bird) and 3 cups water for a few hours
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp corn starch
1/2 cup water

Mix the flour, corn starch, and water in a small bowl or shakable container
bring the broth to a boil, then remove from heat.  Stir in the flour mix, then return to heat and stir like crazy!  keep stirring until it thickens.  Then add pepper to taste and serve.

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