Let's Talk Turkey

 

As an Allrecipes Brand ambassador, I was asked to blog about my favorite Thanksgiving. For the life of me, I could NOT think of a favorite turkey day. In the middle of a restless night it finally came to me. I have had no favorite Thanksgiving days because every year, I am so excited about trying to pull off the perfect feast with new tricks and tips and maybe a new recipe to make it all even better than the last Thanksgiving. After cooking over 30 of these extravaganzas, I have found some real gems to help me get the task done earlier and sometimes better than the last one. 

I have already made my pie crusts (two weeks ago) and they are layed out in the pie pans resting in the freezer ready for baking day on Wednesday. If you read my Thanksgiving Pie Crust blog last year, you already know the drill. If you didn't read it, here is the link. 

http://allrecipes.com/cook/10587678/blogentry.aspx?postid=257486

The $2000. pie crust featured in the blog is flaky and tender and only needs a little practice in putting it together. Here's the recipe.

http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62985698/200000-Pie-Crust/Detail.aspx

One of favorite pies for Thanksgiving is Pumpkin Crunch Pie. I got this simple recipe from a lady who baked pies for a local restaurant years ago and I think of dear Frances (the creator) for this lovely recipe every time I make this recipe. Here is the link.

http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/62980071/Francis-Pumpkin-Crunch-Pie/Detail.aspx

I also have most of my homemade roll ingredients measured and ready to rock and roll......no pun intended, on Thanksgiving Day. I do a butter crescent that has been handled down from my grandmother Danish grandmother Lillian. They are very easy to make, but it sure helps to be ready on TDay :)

I stumbled upon a great recipe for make ahead gravy on Allrecipes last year and it is a real winner. I made it last week and it is now in the freezer waiting for a heatting in the crockpot on Turkey Day.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/rich-make-ahead-turkey-gravy/detail.aspx

I have never been lucky enough to have two ovens. (except for one time in Maui and wouldn't you know, one of the double ovens didn't work) Last year I started looking for a way to roast my turkey while spaing my oven for other dishes. I found this technique on YOUTUBE and this worked great. I added a handy step so that I could safely remove the bird while reserving the drippings. I bought three disposable roasting pans that fit in my gas grill with the bird and enough headroom to close the grill. I poked holes in one of the disposable pans with an ice pick. I then set the holy pan inside another pan, insert turkey and roast as directed on video. When the bird was done. I removed the bird and holy pan while allowing the drippings to drain into the bottom roasting pan and set the bird and pan into the reserved fresh pan to rest. This worked like a charm and I am ever so grateful to free up oven space for baking rolls, sweet potatoes and stuffing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggusuopSVbk

I do my stuffing separate from the bird btw. I do a very typical bread stuffing (Betty Crocker recipe) and add  a generous amount of toasted and finely chopped pecans. I am now (monday) off to chop my celery and onion in the food processor and it will await in ziplocs in the frig. for sauteing and dressing assembly on wednesday. My potatoes will be peeled on Wednesday and covered with lightly salted water, ready to cook on turkey day too. Tuesday I will be making my cranberry sauce. As you see, I will have quite a few steps done by turkey day:)

These are just a few of my tips and recipes. I hope that one of these tips will help you "streamline" your preparation of this beautiful feast. I wish you all a wonderful dinner with family and friends. As I search for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner recipes and prep, I will take great comfort that I still have my precious family to surround me on this lovely day. Happy Thanksgiving and warmest aloha all!


I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Julie McCuiston aka Mauigirl. That being said, my husband says i am the queen of everything and I KNOW what I am talking about.....and that is why we have been married for 41 years :)

 

 

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