Our thanksgiving went off pretty much without a hitch this year, thankfully. Here’s some photos and comments from my daughter about the whole thing.
I can’t believe I forgot to get a photo of the turkey! It was glorious, something out of a Rockwell painting. And it turned out to be pretty yummy, too, which is a good thing… I didn’t notice how much it had cost until I was unwrapping it, and my husband came up behind me and looked in the sink, and let out a holler… “WHAT!?”
So the pressure was on. I had to make this fifty-mumble dollar Heritage Bronze turkey worth every bite. And I have to say, with not very much modesty, that all the planets lined up right and I pulled through in the clutch. There’s still a bit left in the fridge (it WAS a 14.3 lb. specimen, after all), and we are not sick of it yet. If you’ve never brined a bird, you gotta try it. Juicy, flavorful, pretty… what’s not to love about it?
Icing the breast for an hour before roasting helped keep the white meat moist, a trick I’ll use next year for certain. I also did the bacon-on-the-breast-under-oil-soaked-cheesecloth, but not for the whole baking time. I roast using the Cook’s Illustrated method, with the breast down for the first 40 minutes of roasting, then flipping the bird (ahem) for the rest of the time (let me tell you, flinging a hot-n-heavy bird around using wooden spoons should be a new juggling style). Only one burn per person, and I feel like I got away lucky. The bacon and oilcloth were on for a couple of hours, and I pulled them off, basted with a bit of olive oil, and let the breast finish browning to a perfect bronze. I didn’t stuff the bird, just tucked a few chopped onions, carrots and celery sticks in there. Can you tell I’m proud of myself? My arm is sore from bending around to pat myself on the back. I know I’m setting myself up for a spectacular flame-out next year…
Here’s one photo that my daughter didn’t include on her photo set, and I really liked:
Of course, my youngest wouldn’t touch a thing. He did give a big thumbs-up to my husband’s wonderful pumpkin pie, and he’s also made a significant dent on the stuffing these last few days. We’ll indoctrinate him into the ways of Thanksgiving soon enough…
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, too!