Wednesday, November 15, 2006

My first Thanksgiving

I think I'm mostly rebelling against my family for never letting me cook. They were sure I would burn things (which I did usually), but this year I decided to make my own pre-Thanksgiving dinner. Though it may look kinda funny, the turkey was actually really tasty!

My First Turkey

My first Turkey
1 (13.25 pound) whole turkey
6 tablespoons butter, divided
3.5 cups warm water
2.5 tablespoons chicken bouillon
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried minced onion, and the remainder of the onion whole
2 tablespoons seasoning salt
2 tablespoons flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse and wash turkey. Discard the giblets, or add to pan if they are anyone's favorites.
Place turkey in a Dutch oven or roasting pan. Separate the skin over the breast to make little pockets. Put 3 tablespoons of the butter on both sides between the skin and breast meat. This makes for very juicy breast meat.
In a medium bowl, combine the water with the bouillon. Sprinkle in the parsley and minced onion. Pour over the top of the turkey and place remainder of the onion inside turkey. Sprinkle seasoning salt over the turkey.
Sprinkle the inside of a turkey bag with the flour and make sure it coats the bag.
Place turkey in bag and into the pan.
Pour broth into bag and seal. Make sure to make slits in the bag as directed on box.
Bake in the preheated oven 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). For the last 45 minutes or so, remove the foil so the turkey will brown nicely.

I went for all the fixin's I could...

The Thanksgiving Table

Turkey, Candied yams, Pumpkin Pie, Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Corn Bread, Green Bean Cassrole, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and stuffing. The pie was served A La Mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Good times were had by all!

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