Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thanksgiving - my favourite holiday!
Thanksgiving dinner is my favourite meal of the year. A gorgeous turkey with all the trimmings - like Christmas without the hassles of shopping, etc. I bought a fresh turkey at Flannigan's - a 17 pounder. I also got my mother to teach me her dressing secrets because my dressing always sucks. We started with stale bread - white and whole wheat - broken into small cubes that were about a half inch square. You'll need 8 to 10 cups of bread. We made a very simple sausage stuffing that was so delish! I bought a pound of sausage meat from Flannigan's and browned that.
I then sauteed 2 stalks of chopped celery and 1 1/2 medium chopped onions in a couple of tablespoons of margarine.
Then the bread cubes were sprinkled with 2 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper and 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp of ground poultry seasoning. To that we added the vegetables and sausage and mixed well.
The turkey was stuffed front and back and stitched up. It was brushed with 2 Tbsp of melted margarine seasoned with 1 tsp of dried savoury and 1 tsp of poultry seasoning and 1 tsp of paprika. Add salt and pepper. I then placed it in a preheated 325 degree oven in a large roast pan covered with foil. I cooked it slowly from 1:30 pm to 6 pm. It was basted hourly and the foil was removed about 4 pm. At 5, I increased the heat to 350 for the last hour to finish browning it. It was a great dinner with my family contributing - Connie brought apple pie and pumpkin mousse pie, Allyson brought her spinach and pear salad, Cheryl brought turnip and bread, Mom made coleslaw with Grandma's dressing, I did the potatoes and gravy and we started with my bacon wrapped water chestnuts (recipe to follow). It was a memorable meal - sad to see another Thanksgiving weekend over....