Monday, November 22, 2010

Cooking the day away...

So Sunday I decided to have a mini cooking extravaganza aka Thanksgiving for just Matt and I! Yes yes I am glutton for punishment, after over 3 hours in the kitchen I was poop! To start I did make those Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tart cupcakes and the batter was divine..........
Please don't pay attention to my silly paper plates but I already ran the dishwasher once and we all know how much I loathe doing that. I chopped up the pop-tarts to put in the batter and to place on top to decorate with!
I just pushed each one into the dough.........
I will say this... these are not going to be a favorite dessert of mine, I mean they are good and my dad LOVED them but between you and me I am not sure if I would make them again?!?! To make them for yourself click HERE for the recipe!
So you know what? I brined my first turkey. Here is what I did I read alot of recipes by different Food Network chefs and then for the whole meal I combined things I learned to make the dinner!
In this brine I boiled water, tons of salt, Thyme, Sage, peppercorns and lemons when the salt dissolved I let it cool before sticking the turkey in!
I let the Turkey hang out over night and did I see a difference? Yes, this turkey breast was the juiciest turkey Matt and I have had! Who knew?
I then threw in some root veggies, onions, garlic and Turkey stock to the bottom of the roaster! I also rubbed her down with butter, salt, pepper and thyme! You want any Turkey to be 170' inside when done so I cooked her on 350 for 2 hours checking periodically with a meat thermometer! (It was a 5lb breast)
I made twice baked sweet potatoes.....after roasting the potatoes I scooped out the middle, mashed it with butter, maple syrup then placed it back in and topped with marshmallows. I only had big ones so I cut em up! Then bake for 10 minutes! bean casserole (Matt's favorite), sweet potatoes and my homemade gravy was to die for! And to make it easier on me I used stove top stuffing and by added fresh herbs and Parmesan it gave it a home cooked feel! It was all soo good!
My bird!!!!!!!!! Yes 5lb was the smallest I could find at the store!
Funny how 3 hours of slaving away and then in 5minutes we are done?! Would I do it again next year? Sure, never say never!
If anyone wants more specific recipes leave me a comment and include your email address!


Lindsay said...

looks delicious :)

Becky said...

That looks delish! And who knew brining would make it that much better. I'm coming to your house for dinner next year...hehehe.

Ashley said...

Email me exactly what you did for the Turkey, I have never made one, but have always wanted to try!!! We love turkey and if I knew how to make one, maybe I'd have one more than just once a year at Thanksgiving! Looks yummy!

I do take two!! said... year I'm bringin me and the kids over! HA!! :-) Green bean casserole is Aub's favorite too! :-)

Caroline said...

That looks so delicious - all of it! A friend of mine introduced me to brining about a year ago - my life hasn't been the same since. Your green been casserole looks phenomenal, I'm seriously drooling over here :) The cupcakes look super cute too! Too bad they didn't turn out as well as you'd hoped, but at least they're really pretty!


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