Only one week until the big day...
So, let’s talk turkey! I’ve hosted Friendsgiving for five years now and every year I’ve made @altonbrown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey and it NEVER fails. But, I have learned a couple of valuable lessons the good old fashioned hard way over the years:
🦃 Brine your turkey in a cooler - NOT I’m the fridge! The first year I had a very unfortunate 2 AM fiasco with turkey juices leaking all over the fridge. Raw poultry juice is my worst nightmare, but I survived. Now I have a cooler dedicated exclusively to turkey.
🦃 Make the brine ahead of time. The last couple of years I’ve made it on Thursday morning for Friendsgiving on Saturday night, which gives it plenty of time to cool down before putting the turkey in Friday afternoon.
🦃 When I’m ready to get the turkey in the oven I rinse the brine off outside with a hose, which eliminates all of the nasty raw turkey clean-up in the kitchen.
🦃 Watch the Good Eats video on the @foodnetwork website before you get the turkey ready for the oven - I do every year and it’s super helpful.
🦃 And last, but not least, there is one important step the recipe doesn’t explicitly state... tie your turkey’s legs with twine (if you want her to look proper)! Five Friendsgivings ago, I had never cooked a turkey and I completely forgot that step. My friend carving the turkey said “Ummm Danielle the turkey looks great, but next time you may wanna tie the legs... she looks a little ‘loose.’” And that’s why, every year since, we have celebrated the Friendsgiving of the Slutty Turkey 😂 Swipe to see pics of that first attempt!