In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I should share a recipe with you all. It's not really a "recipe" though. It's really just how DH and I randomly made a turkey one year that was, according to my mother, "the best I've ever tasted in my life." Since that day, The Ramblers are the turkey makers and turkey bringers for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. As a disclaimer, I don't touch raw meat unless I absolutely have to make burgers or meat loaf. Raw poultry makes me extremely nervous. So, I prepare everything for the bird and DH touches it. I'd hate for him to miss out on an opportunity to help with all of the cooking. :)
|Note: No husbands or dogs were injured in the prepping of the bird.|
This prep can be done a day or two before you have to actually cook your Thanksgiving turkey. However, once you begin, there is an ABSOLUTE MUST before you start cooking . . .
Pour yourself a glass of wine. Keep the bottle on the counter because (1) you know you're going to want more and (2) because I'm not drinking while stimming and someone has to have some fun around here!
- Wash off your bird. If it is so fresh that it has feathers, get thyself to the local WaMartz for a frozen guy. (thaw it out in cold water for . . . forever . . . til it's thawed)
- Using your food processor (or masher if you don't have a processor), dump in the following: a couple of sticks of butter, some leaves stripped off a couple of rosemary stalks, some fresh ground black pepper (NO SALT - dries the bird), and a couple of fresh garlic gloves
- Kick your food processor into high gear and slowly stream in a little bit of olive oil. Scrape the sides as needed and make it do its thing until you have a smooth consistency (not runny - ew).
- Underneath and inside the hollowed out bird DH prepped for you, throw in chopped celery stalks, large chunks of onion (I usually chop them into fourths), and some random garlic cloves. (Have you refilled your wine glass already? Go ahead honey, it's 5:00 somewhere in the world!)
|Help! I'm working in the kitchen!!|
|Oh yeah, DHs are good for carving too!|
And before you get too excited, please note that these photos are from Thanksgivings past. DH will still help with the bird because he knows there will be no turkey if he doesn't.