Alrighty. So today I baked my very first turkey. I feel that it went rather well. Nothing burned or exploded, and it turned out moist enough to eat without it being necessary to slather it in gravy. Not that that's a bad idea anyways...
First a wee bit of back story to explain. We usually go to Britt's parents' house on holidays, as they live about 45 minutes away & my family lives about 1500 miles away. We all decided not to have Thanksgiving at their house this year, due to snow & that Britt is working today/tonight.
So. Britt's dad drops by a few days ago & brings us a turkey on his way to bring her younger sister & her husband a turkey as well. It's very sweet of him. He's a wonderful guy like that. ^-^
The only thing is, he brings us a 23 lb. bird...
There's only two of us & three cats... omfg, what am I going to do with it all???
I'm having visions of eating turkey until next Christmas... X_X
So I'm going to get my mom's recipe for turkey soup... and make a few turkey pot pies... and I'm not quite sure what else. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them. Seriously. ^-^
Well then. Onto the massive amount of pictures! =D
This is my newly cleared & slightly re-arranged counter. See? No more dishes. I have conquered...
And this is my stove, graced by one of Britt's wonderful mixed media projects. ^-^
Here we have my cookbooks, etc. & the all important koffee pot. And the turkey pan, which almost wasn't big enough... @_@
Our recipe box, just 'cause it's awesome...
Soaking the bird in the tub, as it wouldn't fit into my sink. Yep. 23 lbs. of bird = too big for tiny-ass kitchen sink.
I ended up cutting the neck into three parts in order to fit it into the baggie I placed the giblets into, as I'm going to be making broth with them later. One of the parts I sliced was just perfect & I was able to see & poke at the spinal cord. It was so cool. XD
Bird in the pan. Woohoo for not making a mess (so far...)
Top view, compared to my stove... So. Much. Turkey... @_@
I mixed a bunch of herbs together & then mixed that mixture with olive oil. I then had way too much fun separating the skin from the muscle so I could rub in the herb mixture. That, too, was way cool... ^-^
Um, yes... I then realized that I had put the turkey in the pan before I had bagged it... Oops...
Trying to figure out how to hold open the bag & transfer turkey all at the same time...
I ended up sticking my left hand/forearm (like almost up to my elbow...) into the cavity & then looking like some strange, turkey-wielding maniac, managed to heave the thing into it's bag. There was much profanity. My cats were terribly helpful & just stared, praying I'd drop the damn thing...
But I managed not to, and here we are, all ready to bake! Huzzah! =D
Three and a half hours later, all baked & ready to eat!
As does Lhu... He insists he's far too adorable to not give turkey to... So they both get some turkey, but Phiphi insists, he demands...
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have had a most wonderful day!
btw... yes, I am wearing the most awesome fleece footy pajamas in the world. They even have stars on them that glow in the dark. I love it! XD