Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! And yes this girl is cookin' the Turkey!

So I started with the star of the show of course...the Turkey (it has the longest time to cook so here we go!
I diced 1/2 a white onion and 2 stalks of celery and combined that into 1 pound ground turkey.  You can use ground pork too if you want.

Aromatics filling the room :) mmmm cook on medium heat to brown... mean while follow directions to your stuffing.  I use a bag brand, sage flavored (yum).  Which includes boiling 1 1/2 cups water with 1 stick of butter, take off heat add bread crumbs toss to coat.  Combine the browned ground turkey/onion/celery mixture and gently mix together.  Ta-da.
Clean out the Turkey...i.e. remove neck and organ pouch, drain, rinse.  Stuff both cavities with stuffing...I know it says to lightly stuff...just stuff it, you have cooked the ground turkey completely already so you don't have to worry about under cooked meat.  again....ta-da  ;)
Now for the spices, since we used a whole stick of butter in the stuffing, I used olive oil for the skin.  Drizzle olive oil over turkey and rub all over.  Next make or buy a rub...I used an everyday poultry blend that consists of: salt, black pepper, parsley, garlic, white onion, red pepper, sesame seed, dill seed, dill weed, lemon peel, green peppercorns, and green onion.  So take the seasoning of your choice and rub onto skin of turkey.  Don't neglect the thighs and wings!  and it will look a little like this...
Pop it in the oven following directions for your size turkey.  Basting is essential!  Set timer for 1 hour and see where your at...after 4 hours and recommended basting...presto!

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