The Big Day [Thanksgiving]
Sorry for the delay, I was meaning to post another blog the weekend after Thanksgiving. My phone stopped working and to make a long story short I lost most of the photos I took. Don't worry though, my wife took some and I was able to copy a few off my Instagram page. So the night before Thanksgiving I had finished baking my pies, I prepared the components of the GB casserole, and par-baked the dressing; I even did the gravy the day before. Before calling it a day, my wife and I clothed the table and planned out what serving dishes would be needed and who would sit where.
Thursday morning I reviewed my timeline for cooking the turkey (1 hour at 425, 2 hours at 325, and rest for 45 minutes), almost 4 hours total. I washed my potatoes and prepared the vegetables for my turkey stock. I started the potatoes halfway through the bird's cook time. When I turned down the oven on the Turkey, I pulled all my sides out of the fridge; that way they have a chance to lose their chill before going into the oven. Your sides will take less time to heat up, trust me. Turkey comes out, sides go in, gravy gently heats on stove, and I go to work peeling the hot potatoes while a volunteer mills them for me. Once everything is hot, I turn off the oven and let everything hang out until I get the bird carved. I carve mine before it gets to the table; I know some will think this is a missed opportunity to show off one's culinary prowess, but having a neatly butchered bird organized by white and dark is equally impressive (less mess too). My way allows the cook to simply throw the carcass and the pre-prepared vegetables into a pot of water and get the stock started before you even eat.
I was really proud of the work that my wife and I put in to Thanksgiving this year. Neither of us would be able to do alone what we accomplish together. Below are some photos of the day. I was especially proud that when I pulled the turkey out the breast temped at a perfect 165.0 and the legs were 177.5. Everyone enjoyed themselves and got enough to eat. I hope your holiday was as fun as ours. Now it's time to plan for our Christmas day feast!