The BIG day is almost here! That’s right, Thanksgiving is just a few days away.
Now if your family is anything like mine, Thanksgiving is really steeped in tradition. We all have those special things that remind us of childhood, family, and home. Most of them center around food and specific dishes. Well at least in this family it does! This day is based around stuffing our faces and being around those we love. I’m sure your family is not that much different.
Thanksgiving is all about being grateful and all I can say how grateful I am to all of you following me in this journey over the last year!
In this post I want to share my turkey recipe with all of you to ensure your day goes as smoothly as possible! I have spent years perfecting my technique and I have definitely mastered it. My recipe is easy to follow and very simplistic, so here we go...
Thanksgiving Family Stories
We all have stories of things that can go wrong on Turkey Day! Recipes that didn’t turn out the way we expected. We all have a great stories that become family lore over the years.
For instance, this could look like a turkey sliding across the kitchen floor. That was my Mom and yes we still ate the turkey that year. This is the other fun part about Thanksgiving, remembering the fiascos!
I’ve had more than my share of stories over the years. Just last year I put the turkey in the oven to cook but forgot to turn the oven on! It wasn't until two hours later I even realized it! Or back to the first time I cooked our family's Thanksgiving meal when I didn’t know to take out the giblet bag and cooked the turkey with a plastic bag inside of it.
In the end, what is so warm and reassuring about this day is family. My family and I always get an incredibly large turkey, up to 25 to 27 lbs. no matter what. Leftovers are something that is a must! Vince is the guy who stands over the turkey while I’m cutting it, risking his fingers every year for that first taste. Our girls put their corn in their mashed potatoes because that’s how my Dad taught them to do it when they were little.
Family, memories and tradition, that’s why I love this holiday.
My Turkey Recipe & Cooking Method
So to take some of the stress off all of you who have to cook this important meal, I thought I would share my incredibly easy recipe for the main attraction - the turkey. So many people stress out on this but I have a foolproof way of making the most amazing, juicy tasting turkey you’ve ever had. Well, at least that’s what my family says. So here’s the simple recipe I’ve used for the last 15 years to add to our family memories.
Before I get into the actual method, there are a few small things that are so important to get the best results.
OK, so here’s my recipe. Trust me, you’re going to love it!
BLAST THE BIRD!
Depending on the size of your turkey, cooking time can range between 2 to 4 hours with this method.
I cook my stuffing on the side, but if you stuff the bird check your temperature about 1.5 to 2 hours in, depending on the weight.
I also use a roasting pan with low sides so the turkey will brown completely.
This method is so easy it takes the stress out of cooking such a big meal along with cutting down the cooking time.
Because you are blasting the turkey on high heat along with brining it, all the juices will be held inside the bird and the crispy skin that everyone loves will be consistent over the entire turkey.
So trust me on this one, try it this year! Enjoy your family and make those memories that will be talked about in years to come.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Stafford Family to all of you!
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