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Jive Turkey 
Oct. 17, 2009 5:32 am 
Updated: Oct. 20, 2009 5:37 am
  The weather is getting cooler....people are counting down days til Christmas....that means it is time to start talking turkey!  I usually make a turkey or two before any meal get togethers, just to test any new spices or cooking methods.  Everyone loves a fried bird, not much to improve upon there, so I will focus on two other methods...roasting and the famed Nesco.  I don't know if there is another brand of 18 quart slow cookers, I just refer to them all as nesco.  

Roasted turkey spice mix.  In a mini blender or mortar and pestle add 10 cloves of garlic, 2 T fresh lemon peel, 1 T rosemary, 2 T salt,  and 1 T black pepper.  Process or crush until well blended.  Add spice mixture to one stick of softened butter (margarine is not the same...you could use it, but I would not...for anything really....but I won't get started on that tirade) and mix well.  Rub the cavity of the bird with this mixture and all over under the skin.  Rub the outside of the skin as well.  Roast however you like....I will warn you that it will make you want to eat all that crispy skin when it comes out of the oven!  Make sure to start cooking breast side down for the first hour (for a small bird) or 90  minutes for a large.

This seasoning mix could be used on a roasted bird also, but I like it in the nesco.  Get some really fatty bacon...you know the kind....that you would not buy for breakfast because it is almost all white with fat.  Sprinkle the bacon in dried sage and tuck all over under the skin and in the cavity.  You may be tempted to fill the whole cavity with bacon...I would not....I know it is hard to believe, but there is such a thing as too much bacon fat.  Cut two apples in half and stuff into the cavity.  Place in nesco and add about 2 cups of turkey broth.  Cook at your preferred temperature and time (long and slow, or bake).  This of course leave you with no crispy skin, but just take all the meat off and put on a platter to take to the table, it is about the flavor, not the look of this moist bird!

A quick note about gravy....I got an ice cream maker this summer and bought some guar gum to add to the ice cream and custards. Well, since I could only find a 6 pack on amazon grocery, I have been trying to use it wherever I can.  It makes the most awesome gravy, the liquid does not even have to be hot....just add some and whisk it up....it will gel with a much less amount than cornstarch.

Happy Fall Everyone!

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Oct. 18, 2009 12:58 pm
thank you for this blog. i have often wondered how a turkey would cook up in a nesco, because it just seems like an easier, less messy way of cooking it. I can't wait to try your suggestions!
Oct. 20, 2009 5:37 am
I wouldn't think to make turkey in a slow cooker, but it sounds good. My favorite turkey recipe is called Black Turkey (if you google it it should come right up)...a little complicated but the best bird I've ever made!
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About Me
Oh, where to begin. I have been in the Army for 13 years, devoted wife and mother to three children, 16, 13, and 9. I have always loved cooking (and eating) since I was a teenager. My late Aunt Sherri is my biggest inspiration...I have many fond food memories of her...canning corn, making brunch after church, BBQ a whole turkey to name a few.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook everything! I will usually pick a new specialty/region once a month or so, make a ton of it, and save the best ones into my food rotations..whether special occasion or everyday meals. I don't think I could pick a favorite...I guess satisfaction wise, a nice loaf of homemade bread is hard to top...but then again, so is the perfect sauce and so on.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have a few cooking traditions in our family. Weekends are for big pancake, waffle or diner breakfasts (homemade hashbrowns, eggs to order, meat, toast). Every weekend. Birthday cakes are homemade, the birthday honoree gets to pick the kind...it is almost always my chocolate layer cake..it takes like rich chocolate ice cream. Christmas time has lots of candies, cookies and chocolates being made, with gingerbread pancakes and spiced peaches with whipped cream for Christmas morning.
My cooking triumphs
I mastered tiramisu....I know it may seem easy, but it literally took me around 10 tasty attempts to get it to the point where I can whip up a pan full with confidence. Also, I have perfected (for us anyway) my pancake recipe:) Simple, but great. Mostly, I am proud to work full time and still put a tasty and healthy meal on the table for my family...even when the kids would rather have McDonalds:)
My cooking tragedies
The pressure cooker....broccoli cheese soup....it seemed so simple...and then when the steam was released, small burning hot broccoli bits flew about the kitchen....everywhere!!! Also, my first Thanksgiving I made pecan pie, well, it turned out perfect...until I cut into it warm and the middle was liquid...later in life I learned that it is like that out of the oven, you have to let it cool to gel up:)
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