I hit a pretty big milestone in my kitchen today! I roasted my very first turkey. That’s right! Now I’m an adult
Last Thanksgiving I was gifted a turkey from my employer and it has been in my freezer ever since. I was pretty freaked out about cooking such a large item. I even had to buy a roasting pan for the occasion. With the thought of another turkey coming my way in a couple of months I knew that now was the time to cook the bird up! I did a little research and found that I didn’t need to cook the bird all day like I had remembered it taking from family Thanksgivings. I found this recipe and it only took me 2.5 hours! Of course, I spent much more time in the kitchen making pumpkin mashed potatoes and oven roasted vegetables because I couldn’t resist making a proper meal. Even though I was slugging down Gatorade and constantly blowing my nose (thank you early fall cold) the energy was still nice to be able to make something good in the kitchen. I also made slow cooker applesauce at the beginning of the day. Things are really tasting like fall at our place!
The best part of this meal is now we have a lot of leftovers now to recreate into new dishes. I even kept the bones to make a slow cooker turkey stock to have on hand.
Pro tip for you turkey novices: Yes, you DO need a carving knife when breaking down a turkey. I thought that it was unnecessary and did not have one on hand but after watching Christopher slowly cut away the meat bit by bit I now see the appeal