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2020-11-23 5:23:09 PM  
Seems like it would be yummy.  But I've been jonesing for the turkey and stuffing of my youth.  I may just make myself a tiny one once Thanksgiving is over:  stuffing in the bird (yes, yes, I know) with sausage.

I was told to bring nothing this year (small gathering, dining outside).  But that's not happening.  So I'm making an apple tart that should look like this if I don't royally fark it up.

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2020-11-23 6:13:41 PM  
Why make Thanksgiving meal prep any more complicated than it already is by overthinking the bird? Salt and pepper the cavity, baste generously every 30 minutes at 325F until done, and enjoy your perfect turkey.
 
2020-11-23 7:55:24 PM  
If you've never made dishwasher turkey, you don't know what you're missing.
 
2020-11-23 8:02:15 PM  
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2020-11-23 8:11:58 PM  
You know beer can chicken?  I'm making pony keg turkey for Thanksgiving.

/not really
 
2020-11-23 8:44:39 PM  

HighwayBill: You know beer can chicken?  I'm making pony keg turkey for Thanksgiving.

/not really


I roast chickens in my oven on a vertical roaster thing, upside down so the breast cooks slower.  I wonder if I can pull this off with a stuffed 18 pound turkey?
 
2020-11-23 8:50:50 PM  
Cranberry Thyme duck this year, with duck fat mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and honey carrots.
 
2020-11-23 9:27:29 PM  
Turkey sucks. Regardless, I'm trying Samin Nosrat's buttermilk-brined turkey this year. And I'm guzzling a tall glass of milk-clarified punch right now.
 
2020-11-23 9:41:36 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Why make Thanksgiving meal prep any more complicated than it already is by overthinking the bird? Salt and pepper the cavity, baste generously every 30 minutes at 325F until done, and enjoy your perfect turkey.


You can skip the basting step. It doesn't really offer any positive effect.


But if you're really looking for a perfect turkey, here you go...

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2​0​12/11/butterfiled-roast-turkey-with-gr​avy-recipe.html
 
2020-11-23 11:23:07 PM  
I did a bird today. Yeah, I didn't wait for Thursday.  At $.39/lb it is one of the cheapest proteins a casualty of the Covid layoffs can buy, my kids are with their mother for Thanksgiving, and my family isn't up for a two-week quarantine.

Wet brined the turkey overnight. Spatchcocked this morning. Rubbed inside and out with olive oil, thyme, parsley, black and white pepper, paprika, and ancho.

Roasted at 325 breast down for an hour, flipped, and finished breast up until biotherm read 165. About 3 hours total for a 20 lb bird thanks to the spatchcock.

Pleased with the result. I have another in the freezer for when the family can all get together.
 
2020-11-24 12:27:33 AM  
Giving buttermilk brine a try this year. 4 cups water, 4 cups buttermilk, ½ cup kosher salt, 4 bay leaves, 2 tbsp dry basil, and a bunch of peppercorns for a 14 lb turkey. 

Not exactly spatchcocked, I removed the wishbone, cut the joints at the shoulders and hips, and pulled the meat off the skeleton. Wings, thighs, and legs have bones, but the tits are boneless. Makes carving easier. I'll carve one breast for Thursday, and slice the other thin for sammiches.
 
2020-11-24 5:14:02 AM  

Gentlequiet: I did a bird today. Yeah, I didn't wait for Thursday.  At $.39/lb it is one of the cheapest proteins a casualty of the Covid layoffs can buy, my kids are with their mother for Thanksgiving, and my family isn't up for a two-week quarantine.

Wet brined the turkey overnight. Spatchcocked this morning. Rubbed inside and out with olive oil, thyme, parsley, black and white pepper, paprika, and ancho.

Roasted at 325 breast down for an hour, flipped, and finished breast up until biotherm read 165. About 3 hours total for a 20 lb bird thanks to the spatchcock.

Pleased with the result. I have another in the freezer for when the family can all get together.


*Two turkey COVID layoff spatchcocking fist bump*
 
2020-11-24 6:54:44 AM  
I bought a ten pound turkey, probably the smallest turkey I've cooked for Thanksgiving in forty years seeing as it's just the three of us this year instead of the usual 12-16.  Gonna spatchcock it, because it's easy and I like saying that word.  Spatchcock, spatchcock, spatchcock, It's a fun word.
 
2020-11-24 11:34:44 AM  

hlehmann: I bought a ten pound turkey, probably the smallest turkey I've cooked for Thanksgiving in forty years seeing as it's just the three of us this year instead of the usual 12-16.  Gonna spatchcock it, because it's easy and I like saying that word.  Spatchcock, spatchcock, spatchcock, It's a fun word.


Damn right.  Say it and mean it.  SPATCHCOCK!!!
 
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