Thanksgiving day is drawing to a close here. Dinner is done, the “leftovers” in the ‘fridge for tomorrow (and late night snacks too ;-)
All is good in the Smith Home.
Unlike past years, where I’d make 3 to 5 sides, and often in 2 or 3 variations (Vegan, Wheat Free, Corn Free, etc.); this time was much simpler. No vegans at the table (they stayed in California or moved to Minneapolis). The wheat allergy friend stayed in California. So it goes.
Sides were limited to:
Home made mashed potatoes – boiled spuds, splash of milk, butter to excess, salt & white pepper.
Steamed Broccoli – spousal favorite with melted butter.
Stuffing – Instead of fully from scratch, I used Pepperidge Farms Herb Seasoned Classic Stuffing as the base (usually I use my own dried or toasted bread). To this was added one beaten egg, 2 cups of water, 1 stick of melted butter, about a table spoon of chicken bouillon, one red onion, two carrots made into wafers with a “peeler”, 1 cup of celery bits, a sprinkle of “poultry seasoning” heavy on sage. Made enough for about a 16 pound bird, but we had a 9 pounder, so the rest is in the fridge.
Fruit Garnish / sweet palate cleaner: 4 big seedless grapes, 1/2 tangerine in slices ( I forgot to get cranberry sauce, but this was a nice subsitute).
Red Lobster cheesy biscuits. From a box of mix, you add 1/4 cup of cheese shreds with water and mix, then when cooked put their season packet in 1/2 cup of butter and pour that over. Very Nice!
For some reason beyond my ken, last week a Publix a ways away from me had house brand turkeys (frozen) in a bin at 49 ¢ / pound. I got a 9 pound bird for just under $5 all up! Supposedly there was a turkey shortage but not that I could tell. Yesterday, the local more upscale neighborhood Publix only had fresh birds set out, and they were Organic or Butterball or similar Name Brands. From about $1.40 / lb up to over $3 / pound (organic) with a bird size nearer 14 to 20+ pounds (and prices like $85 for one bird!).
Well, our bird was Just Dandy. I’ll likely go looking for a post Thanksgiving Sale Bird of similar prices sometime this weekend (as often happens after The Day Is Done). One for the Freezer for later when we are over our Turkey Coma ;-)
So about 9 AM I made the stuffing. Stuffed the bird and into the oven about 10:30. Cooked for 3 hours at 325 F in a covered roaster. Just YUM! UPDATE: It was “larded” with some butter cubes under the skin, and dusted with Poultry Seasoning too.
Potatoes started to simmer about 40 minutes before show time. Broccoli in the steamer started with 8 minutes to go. Biscuits into the oven after the turkey was out (20+ minutes “resting” in the roaster) with about 15 minutes to show time. Plating and fruit dish done at 1 minute to show time.
Both of us happy, stuffed just a little bit, and a good day all around.
Now curled up with a nice Red (Australian. “19 Crimes” Red Blend. While I’ve not been posting Australian Fridays, I have kept up the Lamb & Wine dinners ;-)
Hope that “you and yours” all had a similarly good day.
I’ll return to the Global Gloom & Doom and my observations on it “some other day”. A fella can only take so much of that stuff, so for today I’m just not doing it.
Well, with that, the wine glass is complaining that it hasn’t had a refill, AND we’ve got 1/2 sized fruit pies (blueberry & apple) along with a full sized pumpkin pie (with real whipped cream) calling my name. Yes, the night is young even if the day isn’t ;-)