This year, though far away from all our friends and family, we are thankful for each other, and the love that crosses the miles.
Never before had either Brian or Myself hosted a Thanksgiving. We had some students at the University who couldn't make it home for the Holiday, over to celebrate with us.
And wow, did we prepare a feast.
We catered to both our omnivorous guests as well our veggie friends.
Might I add, the turkey I prepared was the best turkey I had ever eaten.
We prepared it a la Julia Child, but used the recipe in Cooks Illustrated
They suggested a novel approach. Take the leg quarters off before cooking, Remove the thigh bone, season with sage, salt and pepper, and sew it back up ( not for the faint of heart, mind you.)
Remove the backbone, and pan sear the breast skin side down (without the leg quarters),, and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.
Then, remove the breast and lay it over the bed of stuffing you've prepared along with the leg quarters brush a thin layer of Olive oil and lightly salt and roast another 30 minutes. Then, lower temp to 350 for 30 minutes to 1 hour 20 depending on the size of the bird, to reach safe temperature. Let sit for 20-30 minutes.
It was juicy, flavorful, and so easy to carve the dark meat.
Brian prepared the sweets and mashed taters yesterday, and I roasted to bird, veggie stuffing, and glazed carrots today.
Overall a highly successful day filled with new friends, and thoughts of loved ones far away.