Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thanksgiving=Deep Fried!

I am hosting Thanksgiving alone at my house this year, my husband will be in Africa and my family is coming over! We hosted Thanksgiving for my husbands family last year and deep fried a turkey for the first time. We are also deep frying a turkey this year.

Let me talk about deep frying for a minute-we bought a deep fryer for our turkey last year for around $100. You can buy them at sporting good stores, Target and WalMart. Not only can you deep fry a turkey or chicken in the deep fryer but you can steam veggies, boil lobster and lots of other things. They are well worth the money. You will also need oil. You can buy the oil at the same place that you bought your deep fryer and they usually come in a box. We use 2 boxes of the oil and they are about $30 a box. That seems like a lot of money to spend on oil, but you can reuse the oil. You can also inject marinades into your bird, but we like to keep it simple and we skip that. We have learned that deep frying is quick (our bird last year took 25 minutes to cook), creates a lovely skin on the bird and makes one juicy, tender bird! I kid you not, our deep fried turkeys and chickens are the best that I've ever tasted! And the best part about deep frying is that you don't have to spend 4 hours cooking the bird and heating up your whole house!

Since I am hosting alone this year, I delegated my family to help and bring some food. I am in charge of the turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole and drinks. Below are the recipes that I will be using this year and my schedule, which I am posting for my use!

Sunday Night: Take the turkey out of the freezer and place in a foil pan in the fridge.
Monday: I will be cooking on Good Things Utah in the morning, cleaning my house and grocery shopping.
Tuesday: Run the china and serving wear through the dishwasher.
Wednesday: Assemble the deep fryer, Make punch (recipe at the end of post) and Tyler Florences Gravy.
10:45am-Place rolls in pans to rise (I use Rhodes Rolls)
10:50am-Set table and place centerpiece on kitchen island
12pm-Make the mashed potatoes and keep in warmed oven until 3
1pm-Make Guy's Mean Green Casserole
2Pm-Heat oil for bird
Put bird in fryer to cook, put rolls in the oven, put punch in bowl
2:45pm-Heat up gravy
3pm-Take rolls out of oven and brush with melted butter, take bird out of fryer to rest
3:15pm-Guests arrive, carve bird and eat!
Friday: Sleep in, do the dishes and put out Christmas decorations, alone!

Sparkling Punch
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/2 cup Grapefruit Juice
1/4 cup sugar (My dad is diabetic so I will use Splenda)
2 cans Sprite Zero
2 bottles Welches Sparkling White Grape Juice Cocktail
1 orange, thinly sliced
24 grapes, frozen

Mix all liquids with Splenda, add Welches last and pour in slowly. Stir well. Add ice and grapes last.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Courtney said...

Sounds like a good feast!!! I hope you and your family and a good thanksgiving.

Melanie said...

You did awesome on GTU this morning! Congratulations again.