Hosting my first Thanksgiving for my side of the family.
Dec. 10, 2012 7:31 pm
Updated: Jan. 22, 2013 6:25 pm
I love to cook, so at the age of 49, I volunteered (for the first time) to host my side of the family for Thanksgiving dinner. I planned the menu carefully asking my mom and sister for advice and ideas. I looked up all my recipes on Allrecipes.com using
Chef John's recipe for roasting the turkey. I was very nervouse but watched Chef John's video several times and printed out the recipe as well. I have to say that everyone loved my turkey and made several comments about how moist and juicy it was. I know
this is a direct result of the compound butter that Chef John uses under the turkey skin. Speaking of the skin, it was crisp and flavorful. The whole turkey experience was surprisingly easy considering the great turkey I produced using Chef John's recipe.
I also made homemade Amish Bread which was very good and homemade cranberry sauce. I did use canned green beans and canned corn because I just didn't have the time to do a lot with those two dishes. The sweet potatoes were homemade and so were the deviled
eggs (again I used Chef John's recipe for deviled eggs). These went over very well and my doubled recipe for deviled eggs were gone in less than 15 minutes! The big hit of the dinner was Chef John's Caramel Apple Pie. Sadly, I only made one and everybody
wanted some after the first few people started raving about how good it was. Now I will be making at least three of these pies for Christmas. Thanksgiving; huge success. Thanks Chef John!