It’s good to be back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving because I know I did.
I successfully cooked my very first Thanksgiving turkey. A whopping 17-pounder! I had previously mentioned my plans to butterfly/spatchcock the turkey, but I ended up going with the traditional cooking method instead.
The recipe I used for the brine and seasoning came from a frantic Pinterest search. I’ve never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving turkey and I knew that if I was going to make it, it had to be the best, most juicy and flavorful bird ever.
This blogger provided precisely what the doctor ordered: http://nutbutterluver.blogspot.com/2013/11/super-moist-juicy-thanksgiving-turkey.html?m=1
I was blown away by how delicious this turkey was. I highly recommend that you bookmark this one for Christmas or next Thanksgiving. You will be quite thankful that you did!
There’s a few things that aren’t mentioned in the original recipe that I’d like to share here. I peeled the orange and split it apart before putting in the cavity, but I also added the peel back in. I also cut up the apple. There wasn’t specific instructions to do so, but it seemed like a good way to help those flavors infuse into the turkey. I also added fresh thyme and poultry seasoning.
Another thing I did differently is I made the seasoned butter twice. Looking back, I probably just should have poured it into 2 bowls. I brushed that butter on with my silicone pastry brush.
About 1 1/2 hour in, the turkey was already browned to perfection. At point, I buttered the turkey again and basted it with the juices from the bottom of the roasting pan. Then I covered it in aluminum foil.
2 hours later, I checked the thermometer and it was ready at approximately 170 degrees. This was much faster than I had planned for. Luckily I had my aunt and Dad around for advice. 🙂
My sister and her boyfriend made a rum ham which was absolutely delicious. I was so busy preparing the turkey and other side dishes, so it was nice to have another option for meat. My sister also took all the pictures here (thank you).
Cooking for 18 family members is a challenge! But one that I was very happy to accept. Cooking is something I do out of love and who better to receive that passion?
It doesn’t hurt that my mom and another aunt did a last minute grocery run and kept up with the constant dishes. My sister’s fiance and a few other cousins pitched in as well, chopping and mixing at my whim. I really couldn’t have pulled this off without them.
I am so blessed to have such a loving family. Glad we were able to come together, eat well and even toast with a glass of champagne.
I also want to express a gratitude to my followers! I appreciate your support and hope to share much more with you soon.