Another year another
turkey turducken turporken. Thanksgiving 2013 was hallmarked by great company + a bird in a bird in a bird and a dinner served at around 10:30pm. Regardless of timing, all our guests left full, happy, and significantly more lethargic than when they arrived. This year, determined to execute [time wise] better than last year, Mike decided to take on another meat on meat on meat Thanksgiving centre piece; a TUR-PORK-EN [pork tenderloin stuffed into a chicken stuffed into a turkey] -pretty sure he made that up.
[We held our Thanksgiving dinner on a Saturday, so it was an NFL free meal…but baseball + hockey + college ball were there to fill the void]
Bird prep was completed 1 day prior to cook day. Mike de-boned + stuffed + buttered+ herbed and I sewed the turporken closed. Once assembled, the bird was brined for 24hrs. As the bird brined in the fridge, turkey stock simmered on the stove [for 12hrs]. Learning from last year’s late meal, Mike started cooking the bird in the oven at 9:20am. Wrapped in bacon [for 6hrs], the turporken slow roasted for 10hrs @ 250º.
Now onto the food details…
butternut squash arancini | crusted with panko + pumpkin seeds and served with a garlic confit mayo
stuffing | baguette + turkey stock + chorizo + dried apricot +cranberries + pistachios + celery + carrot + onion + herbs
Dinner was served at 8pm; SUCCESS! By 8:15pm our guests were silenced by mouths full of meat and pierogi. As plates cleared and seconds were had…but by only Graham [a Kowbel Thanksgiving first timer who apparently is a world champion eater], we each slowly slipped into a food coma. Nia [another 1st timer] was hit the hardest; she fell into a fashionable turporken nap, but was able to wake with enough coherence and strength to eat desert. After the pre desert macaron course, a brief culinary intermission forced itself upon us before desert desert. Unfortunately, I was too TKO’d to remember to take pics of the pumpkin spice donuts with caramel coffee toffee sauce. Take my word for it, they were finger licking good.
I am thankful that we were able to have a great meal prepared by and shared with amazing friends [who are pretty much family]. Thanksgiving 2014 was delicious; better than the year before – a successful dinner filled with laughs, amazing food and [as always] delightful company. A job well done!!! Hats off to the chefs!!!
ps. I’m also thankful for Shereen who took our Thanksgiving photos. Thanks! You’re the best!