My First Turkey

Now I’m not one to brag too much, but I can’t help myself when it comes to my first ever attempt at a Thanksgiving Turkey. Check out this beauty:

It was just me and my hubby this Thanksgiving, which meant we didn’t have to deal with about 10 screaming kids and his crazy family’s drama. I was a little sad afterward but only because I didn’t really have anyone to show off my turkey to.

Normally I roast a turkey breast for the two of us because we usually go to a family member’s house and never get any of the leftovers. For half the cost of the turkey breast we were able to get a whole turkey because of the sale our grocery store was having last weekend. I kinda stressed about cooking the damn thing all weekend. I was terrified of having it come out under cooked or bone dry. I stocked up on extra gravy just in case.

That same weekend I watch the Food Network’s Dear Food Network Thanksgiving series and paid close attention to the turkey episode with Alton Brown. I printed out the recipe and that’s what I used for my Thanksgiving turkey. I will never cook a turkey any other way! It turned out amazingly juicy and so flavorful. I don’t know if it was the brine or me using the convection roast setting on my oven, but I didn’t know white meat from a turkey could actually be so moist and tasty!

The dogs were praying that hubby would drop something, anything, on the floor as he carved the turkey šŸ™‚

In addition, I made homemade cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and Stove Top Stuffing. I just loveĀ Stove Top too muchĀ to bother with homemade stuffing. And now I don’t have to cook for the rest of the weekend. I’m still not sick of the leftovers.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

*For roasting the turkey I used the Convection Roast setting on my oven and dropped the temperature to 325 degrees. I had an 11 pound turkey and it took about 2 hours for the thermometer to reach 165 degrees.


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