Hi everybody. I’m sure you’re all looking forward to the good food of Thanksgiving like I am. I can almost taste it now…
So many people out there seem to think that being on a “diet” means you can’t eat or have fun. Much less have fun eating. Come on, who does that?
One of the best things to eat on Thanksgiving – in my mind anyway – is turkey.
What would Thanksgiving be without turkey I ask you? For me it wouldn’t be right. There’s something wonderful about the crackling skin, and tender meat. It’s probably why turkey is my favorite meat. So I can’t understand why most people complain about all that leftover turkey.
Until I think about “Canola-Ball” turkeys. Uh, they just don’t do turkey justice. At all.
But, when you try to cook a heritage turkey or a good organic free-range turkey they can end up chewy and tough right?
There’s a is a trick to cooking one.
Trick: Cook it halfway – upside down. Or thigh side up. Whichever terminology you prefer. Then halfway through flip it right side up and finish. (You may have to cover the top the last 30 min or so to keep it from getting to brown).
[title]That’s the trick to a tender turkey.[/title]
For crispy skin the trick is:
Slather the top of the turkey with butter after sliding the butter underneath the turkey skin. The result is crackly brown skin that you’ll try to pull off and enjoy as soon as it’s out of the oven (warning: you’ll burn your fingers).
Tip: Try using or getting a really good roasting pan with rack. We bought this stainless steel 16-Inch roaster and then found out it’s the one recommended by America’s Test Kitchen. It’s the best rack and pan we’ve ever had. It’s lasted really well too.
Tip: Then there’s the question of what do you do with all that leftover meat, besides the obvious I mean. First things first is remove all the meat from the bones and start a big pot of turkey broth on the stove. When it’s done you can freeze some and use the rest to make a nice turkey soup.
Or you could make turkey salad, turkey sandwiches, a turkey casserole, or cube it up and freeze it for a “fast food later”.
The limit is your imagination.
If you’re interested I’ll try to post some recipes about using up turkey leftovers.
This post is linked to Fat Tuesday.
The Amazon Link is an affiliates link, but the only reason I’ve recommended it is because I trust and believe in this product.