Sunday night ended with preparations for a busy week. Knives sharpened, utensils and boards oiled. I love sporting events.
Late Tuesday afternoon I made the brine, it needed to be cooled so I would be able to put the turkeys in. When we took the turkeys out of the wrappers we were surprised to find that the boneless turkey still had bones. I was deflated, Andrew told me not to worry, we went online, found a video on how to debone a turkey, and watched it a few times. Andrew got his knives ready and went to work. I knew he would make it all right.
It was all in the pool with the turkeys. Once again I must thank Corrado's for the food grade plastic container that they were swimming in. My Mom thoroughly enjoyed my very heavy rocks that I used along with a plate to keep the turkeys submerged.
Stuffing and Candied Yams where on Kathy this year. She makes the best stuffing, I for one could not wait to get into that. Kathy's yams are spot on.
On Wednesday, we were able to get the brioche bread to make the dressing for the boneless turkey, it had to made early because it needed to be cool before I rolled it all up. Portabella Mushrooms, garlic, shallots, twelve eggs, heavy cream, and butter, along with the brioche were sauteed, then baked in the oven until it was done. I will admit to having a small taste test when it came out of the oven. I really had to control myself and hurry to put in a container to save for the morning. I braved the snow and freezing rain to go outside to pick fresh thyme and rosemary. It was so great to still have our little garden and to be able to still get stuff from it.
I took the whole bird out of the brine, then washed it in cold water, then thoroughly dried it. I massaged herbed butter under the skin. I stuffed the bird with celery, onion, garlic, and herbs. I then rubbed butter and spices onto the skin, placed it breast side down on the rack in a 350 degree oven.
Everyone started to come so it was time to start to carve. I know that this is one of his favorite things to do.
We truly have so much to be thankful for. It was a most wonderful day spent together, loud, boisterous, funny and happy, truly happy.