The Steps to a Successful Thanksgivikuh

My pants are tight. My cholesterol is elevated. My family is fighting.

Suffice to say, it was a successful Thanksgivikuh. Here are the steps that made it so.

IMG_0472 Brining the turkey

How have I never done this before?  This simple process of putting a salty liquid on the chicken was easy thanks to store-bought brine and 2 gallon zip top bags and made for, hands down, the juiciest turkey my family has ever eaten. Recipe coming up. Spoiler alert  – I sue turkey parts, not a whole bird. So sue me.  IMG_0501 Homemade turkey broth for stuffing

Hold the line, this was ridiculous. I have always used canned chicken stock but WOW…boiling some turkey wings and necks in chicken, turkey, or vegetable stock reinforces the rich, turkey taste and gelatinous texture. It adds real body to the stuffing – it’s the difference between eating Wendy’s chili and eating a  bone in strip steak.

IMG_0509 Joel Robuchon’s Mashed Potatoes.

I used about 4 sticks of butter for about 2.5 lbs. of potatoes. Recipe to follow. You’re welcome in advance.

Tomorrow – the easiest, best mashed potatoes on planet Earth.