Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Turkey (and it's not Thanksgiving)

When most people think of Turkey, I believe they think of Thanksgiving and a big special meal.  For most of us, that is a "one time a year" occasion.  It is too much work to do it more than that.

Well, I get a craving for turkey more than once a year and I'm not talking sliced deli turkey.  The deli turkey is good but it just doesn't have the same taste and texture as a bird cooked in your own oven.

I make it a little easier by just buying a bone-in turkey breast every so often.  I'll throw that in the oven and have a nice Sunday Dinner.  Just like at Thanksgiving, there is plenty of turkey and so there will be leftovers for later.

All you need to do is buy the bone-in breast and follow the instructions on the wrapper.  Since they come frozen, remember to place it in the refrigerator to thaw.  You will need to give it a couple of days (2 or 3 depending on size) in a pan big enough to hold the turkey and any juices that may seep out of the covering package.  You will usually find a gravy packet in with the turkey when you open up the turkey wrap.  Use it or freeze it for another time.

Rinse the turkey off inside and out with cold water and left drip in a strainer for a few minutes.  Season it liberally with salt and pepper both inside and out and place in a roasting pan covered with foil.  Follow the time and temperature on the package for the weight of the bird.  If you have some other seasonings you like to use on turkey, go ahead and do it.  Make whatever sides you have a desire for and enjoy your dinner.

Tomorrow's blog will talk about what you can do with leftovers and the carcass.  Then on Friday will be a recipe for Turkey Pot Pie.

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