I am one of those people that TOTALLY looks forward to Thanksgiving every year. I am actually sad that I don’t get to host the Thanksgiving dinner. I am sick in the head, I know. It’s just that I LOVE roasted turkey and all the fixings. And even though every year we go to my in-laws (they get Thanksgiving, we get Christmas Eve), I usually make a turkey meal at home on a non-Thanksgiving afternoon.
The first time I made a roasted turkey, my Princess was only 7 weeks old. We were invited to a friend’s house that year and we got the call Thanksgiving morning. Everyone was sick with the stomach flu! We passed on inviting ourselves back to our in-law’s dinner, I wasn’t in the mood for a big crowd. And I sent my hubby off to the grocery store with my grocery list.
Lucky for us, they had thawed turkeys. To make a long story short, I was quickly able to make a roasted turkey, my favorite simple stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, homemade string bean casserole and a dessert in a few hours.
Dinner was great. Kids were contained at home and I could enjoy our first Thanksgiving in our own home with our own home-cooked meal (please note bouncy chair ON the dinner table to include Her Highness).
Of course, the turkey was huge and we ate that lovely meal for almost 5 days. I was in heaven, but my crew had enough turkey-talk!
A simple roasted turkey is actually very easy. The hardest part is picking out a good quality bird. Then you look up Butterball’s website to get the exact cooking times, lather it with butter and roast away! Most importantly, DON’T FORGET THE MEAT THERMOMETER! It’s your best friend to guarantee that your bird is done right.