we all have our traditions and, if you're married, you probably 'divied up' certain holidays early on in the relationship for each side of the family
somehow, i won thanksgiving host.
not really sure how that happened since i hadn't even put the option on the table but there it is.
thanksgiving is a big deal over here. lots of culinary pressure. huge menu, huge expectations....
before i got married, i'd never cooked a thanksgiving meal in.my.life.
nor did i have any desire to and i'll tell ya why.....
i don't like 'thanksgivng' food. not a fan.
well, except for the stuffing. who doesn't like stuffing, right?
i was absolutely certain my meal would be a failure.
i have no idea how to cook what i don't eat. my dad was the chef, not me.
but guess what?? HUGE success. 6 years running.
so i thought i'd share a few of my go-to tips & recipes for any first-timers out there
(or anyone who might be lookin for a change)
image via bobby's flays thanksgiving at epicurious
tip #1...........herbed butter.
2 sticks of butter, softened to room temperature (unsalted or salted, your choice)
fresh sage (i usually buy 2 of the pre-packaged thanksgiving mixes. because that's all that's left by the time i go shopping)
directions: chop up the sage. mix it with the butter. let it sit overnight in the frig.
put the herbed butter under the skin of the turkey, being careful not to tear the skin.
yeah, i think it's gross. i really can't stand to handle raw poultry but ya gotta do whatcha gotta do.
it's worth it, trust me.
rub the skin with some olive oil, salt & pepper....
add some quartered onion, chopped carrots, fresh sage & rosemary to the cavity
then throw that bird in the oven and you're good to go! always juicy & moist.
how do you cook your turkey?