Thanksgiving Recap

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

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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).

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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?

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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.

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I also want to express a gratitude to my followers! I appreciate your support and hope to share much more with you soon.

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