roast turkey numero uno

My first roast turkey! Ever!

Using an 11 lb fresh turkey, I prepared a variation of this recipe: Epicurious’ Roast Turkey with Herb Rub and Shiitake Mushroom Gravy, substituting cremini mushrooms for the shiitake, and buttermilk for the cream in the gravy, and adjusting the time accordingly. Result- a juicy bird.

Since I was running short on time, the rest of my dishes were eyeballed, with free pours and heaping spoonfuls, but they turned out quite well.

Here are the other dishes served alongside the turkey:

Cauliflower cheese- made with a local Ontario cauliflower, a sauteed onion, Welsh cheddar, sweet Hungarian paprika, butter, flour and skim milk.

Roasted sweet potatoes with butter and maple syrup.

Stuffing made of Italian bread, sauteed onions, turkey liver and giblets, thompson raisins, apples, pecans, butter, water, sage, thyme and home-grown parsley.

Cranberry sauce- just cranberries, sugar and water.

Apple crisp made with flour, butter, cinnamon and  Stephano’s granola.

All in all, a success.


2 thoughts on “roast turkey numero uno

  1. Wow! I have been craving making (and eating) a stuffed turkey for about 2 years now. I may have to ask for your advice and make one. Will you help us eat it?

    (Speaking of which, did 11 lbs go quickly? How many portions/servings/people did it take to finish the turkey?)

    And the stuffing sounds HEAVENLY!

    • Hi Tanya!

      The 11 lbs lasted us for a couple days…it’s probably enough to feed 6-8 with some leftovers. Some of the leftover meat was frozen, and the bones were used for soup.

      I winged the stuffing- but those are the ingredients that usually show up in our stuffing. Of course, you can use olive oil or margarine instead of butter if you plan on using the giblets in the stuffing. Or you could probably make a parve version. I didn’t end up stuffing this bird- I used a casserole dish to bake the stuffing, making sure it was moist enough that it wouldn’t dry out.

      And in answer to your question, sure, I’d love to help you eat the turkey when you decide to make one;-)

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