Thanksgiving Recap: Deep Fried Convert


How was your Thanksgiving? Did you survive? Better yet, have you recovered from your L-tryptophan induced coma?

My Thanksgiving was spectacular, thanks for inquiring. I have to say I was a little disappointed that three full days of cooking produced a meal that lasted about 45 minutes, but at least one guest said it was the best Thanksgiving meal they had ever had (so what if that guest was Big N, my husband, I’ll take it!).


The menu received a few last minute adjustments. Here’s the gist:

  • Roasted turkey- brined in homemade brine first, then roasted in a Reynolds bag. Came out pretty, but still just ho-hum. It is turkey after all.
  • Sous vide / Deep fried turkey- spectacular! I’m going to forget roasting from now on. This was the way to go! First brined, then fabricated into individual parts (removing thigh bone) and injected with needle additional brine. Sous vide in water bath for 2 1/2 hours until cooked. Just before serving, I deep fried the breasts, legs, and wings in hot oil for 5 minutes each until golden, crispy, juicy, and divine! For the boneless thigh, I added duck fat to my sous vide bag, then sauteed in a hot pan with more duck fat (as in turkey leg confit). Delicious.
  • Side dishes included stuffing with leeks, walnuts and mushrooms, brussel sprouts with pancetta, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, bourbon glazed sweet potatoes, cranberry pomogranate sauce, home made brioche dinner rolls. thanksgiving-6-of-9
  • Desserts included a traditional apple pie, pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin spiced macarons, and Momofuku’s crack pie with an oatmeal cookie crust, which tasted sort of like softened toffee. Deliciousness.

Too bad the pics, taken under my kitchen’s super yellow lighting, didn’t do my feast justice.  *Sigh*  But my pumpkin spice macarons were pretty, no?? (Recipe for these will follow soon)

Pumpkin Spice Macarons

Oh well.  My table was gorgeous, the family was (nearly) all together, and everybody had a nice, traditional Thanksgiving. It’s good to be American.


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