Wednesday, November 24, 2010

thanksgiving eve!

So I have my items set aside that I will be working on tonight in preparation for tomorrow.  In order to offer a preview of sorts, this is what I am working on:

compound butter of rosemary, thyme, garlic, and orange zest to rub on the turkey
roasting turkey neck in the oven and, then simmering in chicken broth with the giblets for the gravy
preparing a special "pumpkin pie" of sorts that will be chilling in the fridge overnight (more on this later).

I decided to go with the traditional method of buttering up the turkey and occasionally basting while cooking.  I thought about brining but decided against it mostly due to timing, but I also wanted something to compare against the "traditional" method so I will definitely try this next year.  I plan on reducing a mixture of chicken broth, butter, orange juice and honey to create a glaze on my turkey.  I'm hoping it works out given that turkey is my favorite part of the meal.

On that topic what is your favorite Thanksgiving food/drink/recipe? What do you enjoy doing with the leftovers? I'd love to hear about it, let me know and have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. Turkey is your favorite part of the meal? Liar. You know it's BUTTER! The compound butter sounds amazing - I think I might have to try that out.

  2. ok true, there is tons of butter hunting, but what better vehicle for buttery goodness than good lean protein.

  3. I'd love to hear about your pumpkin pie!

    Thanksgiving in my family usually involves about three or four types of casseroles- especially sweet potato- I think it's from my parents being from the South though :)