to Alton Brown that is, for getting me through my first ever Thanksgiving feast.
It all started about 3 weeks ago when M asked me why we didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving?!?…. but we do…just never with a turkey.
things I’d recommend:
- brine your bird (I did mine for 20hrs) used A. Brown’s recipe
- buy a brining bag…….(this way you can keep your turkey in your fridge)
- use a digital alarm to gauge the temperature and Do Not Open the oven when cooking
( again- I followed Mr. A. Brown’s recipe throughout )
The stuffing and mashed potatoes were made the day before (thanks sis) which allowed for a more relaxing Thanksgiving morning.
Thanksgiving morning I blanched all the vegetables and then warmed them on a high heat in a pan with clarified butter and seasonings.
(I like cooking with clarified butter which I separate in the microwave…. you can cook using a high flame, without burning your food)
M made these pumpkin cheese cake bars. amazing.
we also made an apple pie and here are 2 tips worth sharing:
-bake your apple pie for the first 30min on the floor of your oven (if it’s gas) by putting your pie plate on a cookie sheet lined with parchment
-drain your apples an hour before cooking and then reduce the juices to half on the stove before tossing them with the apples again
no soggy bottom crust!
again credit goes to Alton Brown (although I didn’t follow his recipe because I already had a family favorite)
we also had a very polite visitor from Canada…..(nothing like that mayor in Toronto)
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving celebration too- (with or without the turkey)