Turkey day is fast approaching and I'm fired up because a) we LOVE turkey and, b) I discovered a few years ago that roasting a turkey is so incredibly easy. Now we make it about five times a year.
It all started a few years ago - back when I skipped through life without a turkey care in the world because MOMs always cook the turkey. And then (needle scratches across record), I woke up one morning and thought, "OMG! I'm the mom! Me! I have to make the turkey this year!" The moment was both sobering and panic-inducing. And then, I made the turkey. And it was good. And the world kept a-spinnin'. So here are my best do's and don'ts ... yays and nays ... OMGs and fails when it comes to all things turkey:
OMG: Buy a fresh, not frozen turkey. It's so much easier when you don't have to make time in your life, or room in your fridge, to thaw what must have been an ostrich-sized bird.
Fail: Underestimating the time it takes to thaw a turkey - three to four days (days!) in the fridge for a 14-pound turkey.
OMG: Use a roasting bag! It's super cheap insurance for a tender, juicy turkey.
Fail: Not investing in an instant-read thermometer. Seriously - they are less than $20 and you will never, ever have to worry that meat of any kind is under- or over-cooked again. Totally awesome!
OMG: Make our Rustic Herb Turkey! Three ingredients and BOOM - best turkey EVAH!