What are ya making for Thanksgiving?

Oren

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I'm making the turkey, dressing and gravy. The wife is making the sides and pumpkin pie.

The turkey has been brining since yesterday morning and the turkey stock and cornbread has already been made for the dressing. Tonight we make the cranberry sauce.

What are you folks having?
 
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I don't make anything for Thanksgiving, as we go to my mom's house on Thanksgiving, then the MIL's for the day after, however, I will help them fix whatever they need there.

BTW, brining a turkey is the only way to go! I really think it is remarkable the difference it makes...

:cool:
 

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I'm helping make the house clean because a whole bunch of family people are coming over. I might make some mac and cheese. Women folk are handling most of the cooking. I do tech support.
 

Oren

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BTW, brining a turkey is the only way to go! I really think it is remarkable the difference it makes...

:cool:

I know. I've been brining forever. The only down-side is it takes up a TON of room in the fridge (when you need the fridge space the most).
 

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I'm making the turkey, dressing and gravy. The wife is making the sides and pumpkin pie.

The turkey has been brining since yesterday morning and the turkey stock and cornbread has already been made for the dressing. Tonight we make the cranberry sauce.

Can I come over? ;)
 

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On Thursday its crab feast. -nothing to cook.

On Saturday its BBQ/rosemary-smoked turkey on the Weber and all the fixins. (Use fresh branches of rosemary to maximize the smoke.)

Mmmmmm... cornbread AND sourdough stuffing smothered in the smokey rosemary turkey gravy....

But the best is my dad goes all out on pies; pecan, pumpkin, and sour cherry.- sometimes even lemon meringue. :p

P.S. -Dont forget to put sliced almonds in the green beans!

edit: I always brine my turkeys. -since even before food had its own network.
 

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What exactly is this Brining you speak of?

Oh and Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends on the other side......


This is Alton Brown's Turkey Brine Recipe, I have used it 3 times now, and it is great.
BTW: Oren if you use the method that Alton uses here, you don't need to put it in the fridge. My turkey comes out looking like Martha Stewart has been cooking, and it is unbelievably juicy.

Alton Brown's 'Good Eats' best-ever turkey brine recipe - From Inside the Box - Zap2it
 
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Oren

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This is Alton Brown's Turkey Brine Recipe, I have used it 3 times now, and it is great.
BTW: Oren if you use the method that Alton uses here, you don't need to put it in the fridge. My turkey comes out looking like Martha Stewart has been cooking, and it is unbelievably juicy.

Alton Brown's 'Good Eats' best-ever turkey brine recipe - From Inside the Box - Zap2it

Yes, I've seen that technique on his show. I do a slow-brine though (it's not a strong salt solution), which takes 3 days. Then the turkey is removed, patted dry, then left uncovered in the fridge for 24 hours to further dry the skin. I already had to make the room for the brining step and since I have to put it in the fridge to dry it anyway, it makes more sense for me to do it that way, rather than using a cooler.
 

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On Thursday its crab feast. -nothing to cook.

On Saturday its BBQ/rosemary-smoked turkey on the Weber and all the fixins. (Use fresh branches of rosemary to maximize the smoke.)

Mmmmmm... cornbread AND sourdough stuffing smothered in the smokey rosemary turkey gravy....

But the best is my dad goes all out on pies; pecan, pumpkin, and sour cherry.- sometimes even lemon meringue. :p

P.S. -Dont forget to put sliced almonds in the green beans!

edit: I always brine my turkeys. -since even before food had its own network.

That sounds great! I WISH I had a smoker. I live in a garden apartment complex so grills and smokers aren't allowed. :mad:
 

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That sounds great! I WISH I had a smoker. I live in a garden apartment complex so grills and smokers aren't allowed. :mad:
did you ever see when Alton smoked some fish in a card board box with wood chips from a cabinet shop? Priceless.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMk-y6330aE&feature=related"]YouTube - Good Eats S4E1P2: Where There's Smoke, There's Fish[/ame]
 

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The menu (not cooked by me) calls for...

Turkey
Ham
Rice Dressing
Chicken Gumbo
Potato Salad
Green Beans Casserole
Sweet Potato Pie
 

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The menu (not cooked by me) calls for...

Turkey
Ham
Rice Dressing
Chicken Gumbo
Potato Salad
Green Beans Casserole
Sweet Potato Pie

I love sweet potato pie.

I see that you're in LA. Do you get country ham or city ham?
 

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Well, I personally only deep fry the turkey. The wifey and MIL take care of everything else for the most part. I try to stay out of the kitchen when those 2 are cooking up a storm, I just get in the way.

I do a heavy salt/sugar brine for 24 hours, then deep fry it.

Quick question, you might know the answer oren: When I deep fry the turkey, the skin is uber crispy when I take it out of the fryer, but then as the turkey rests, the skin looses its crispyness. How do I keep the crispyness? Cover it with tin-foil?
 

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Quick question, you might know the answer oren: When I deep fry the turkey, the skin is uber crispy when I take it out of the fryer, but then as the turkey rests, the skin looses its crispyness. How do I keep the crispyness? Cover it with tin-foil?

I have never fried a turkey (I can't do that around here) although I know how to do it. If you want better skin, do NOT cover it with foil (the skin will steam).

You have a short resting period but that'll be fine.
 

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No cooking this year, it is fun, but I don't want all the work! I did the Piccadilly take out deal that you just have to heat up. It is a full meal for up to 8. Heat and Serve! Then have fun, now that is what I am screaming!