Roast Turkey

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Thanksgiving is all about roasted turkey.  The amazing smell that fills the house all day.  Everyone making their way into the kitchen to get a glimpse of the bird when it’s being basted.  And the gasps you hear when you tell your guests that it weights 20 or more pounds.  The side dishes are great, but when it comes down to it, it’s all about the bird.

 

 

Ingredients

Turkey

1 Stick Butter

Fresh Thyme

1 Onion, quartered

2 Garlic cloves

3 Stalks Celery

Salt & Pepper

 

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350º

2. Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash it thoroughly inside and out. Cut away any excess fat. Pat dry.

3. Season the inside cavity with salt and pepper

4. Stuff the turkey cavity with a bunch of thyme, onion, celery and garlic.

5. Melt the butter and add 1 tsp thyme leaves to the butter.

6. Put the turkey in a roasting pan, preferably on a rack to keep the turkey off the bottom of the pan.

7. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the breast.

8. Brush the butter and thyme mixture over the entire turkey and sprinkle with salt and pepper

9. Roast the unstuffed turkey 13 minutes for every pound of turkey.  If you are going to stuff the turkey, you need to roast it for 20 minutes per pound of turkey.

10. Baste every 30 minutes to keep the outside moist

11. When the turkey is done, take it out, place it on the cutting board and cover it with aluminum foil for 20 minutes.

12. After the turkey has rested for 20 minutes, carve.

 

 

November

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November marks the official start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving on the third Thursday of the month.  

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s a day to be thankful for the people around you, the food on the table and all the wonderful things in our lives.  There aren’t any presents or crazy shopping to take away from celebration.  It’s just about enjoying the day with friends and family.  

The food is delicious with Turkey being the star of the show.  Lots of delicious side dishes of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, vegetables and delicious gravy to go over it all.  Yum!!

Typically, I have a crowd of about 30 or so at my house, which seems to be the norm at Thanksgiving time for a lot of people. 

I am used to cooking for a crowd, but a lot of people that I speak to are extremely stressed by the house preparation, decorations and the meal for so many people.

Fortunately, I am here to help you thorough the holiday.  From easy decorations to a fabulous meal.  My Thanksgiving cheat sheet is amazing.  On one piece of paper, you will have the timetable to roast a turkey and how to make the best stuffing around.  It also has a recipe to make mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and a broccoli casserole that all your friends and family will devour.  And last but not least perfect gravy.  It couldn’t be easier.  

Now, on page 2, you will find Pumpkin and Apple pie.  The Apple pie recipe is from my Grandmother.  It is easy and fool proof. 

Not only will I give you all the help you need to serve an amazing meal, but I will also give you easy tips on setting a beautiful table.  

Let’s get started!!

Turkey Burger

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These turkey burgers are moist and delicious.  The secret ingredients are grated onion and diced mushrooms.  Definitely give this one a try.

 

Ingredients

1 LB Ground Turkey

1 Small onion, grated

6 Mushroom Caps, diced small

2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Pepper

 

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl.  Mix throughly.  Divide into four 6.5 oz burgers.

Turkey burgers are not as firm as beef burgers.  If you are going to put these on the grill, I would freeze them first.  I prefer cooking these on the stovetop in a frying pan.  They cook quick and retain all their moisture.  A safe internal temperature for poultry is 165º.