We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends this week. Another family hosted and everybody chipped in with the cooking. We brought a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a salad and gravy.
This year I decided to brine our turkey. After boiling water with sugar and salt, I added celery, onions, carrots, peppercorns and herbs to the mix. Then the turkey sat in the mix for about 72 hours in the fridge.
After rinsing and drying the bird, it then sat in the fridge for another 24 hours.
I made two batches of chicken stock a few days ahead of Thanksgiving so I would have it for the stuffing and gravy.
For the gravy, I roasted chicken backs and turkey necks, and added them to a stock pot with sautéed carrots, onions, and celery. Then I added chicken stock and veal demi glace and boiled the whole thing for about two and a half hours. It reduced down to a delicious gravy.
For the stuffing I browned some Jimmy Dean pork sausage and mixed it with stuffing mix, onions, celery, water chestnuts, and fresh chopped herbs.
I made 5 kilos (about 11 pounds) of mashed potatoes.
I cooked the turkey in a roaster and it turned out well.
Meanwhile, Mercedes worked on the Christmas cards and Maria made a salad.
When we arrived at our friend’s house, they were just finishing with frying their turkey.
We had perfect weather and enjoyed being outside and Patrick and Danny had a lot of fun running around outside.
The boys spent a little bit of time acting like turkeys too.
Jim and I carved up the turkeys.
That’s Jim’s fried turkey on top, and mine below.
Finally it was time to eat! There were tons of delicious things. The boys especially liked mac ‘n’ cheese and ham.
After dinner, the boys watched a movie on the iPad. Señor Abrazos (“Mr. Hugs”), from the boys’ preschool, is visiting us for the weekend and he watched the movie too, even getting into the Thanksgiving spirit a bit!
We had a great celebration and have much to be thankful for!