This was our second year hosting Thanksgiving at our house, but other than the dishes that we might make regularly throughout the year (green beans, yay!), I can’t proclaim to remember how anything is made from year to year.
Turkey cooking time?
To be honest, previous generations must have had a huge margin of error, because I can’t imagine not having Google (or having to resort to the Butterball Hotline for cooking tips).
Here’s some examples of things I had to look up today, just in case any of it is useful to you in the future.
How long to roast a turkey
Searching for this term gets you one of the fancy new Answer Boxes, where it takes the information from one of the result pages without even requiring you to click. The answer given, though, isn’t entirely precise. According to Butterball.com, a 10-18lb turkey should be cooked for 3 – 3.5 hours at 325F. The package our turkey came in gave a narrower range per weight.
We ended up roasting our 14lb for exactly 3 hours, with the first hour spent breast-side down. We then let it rest, unintentionally, for over an hour before carving. The result was an evenly roasted, juicy and flavorful bird. Hooray!
Duck fat potato?
Last year I had been working on a root veg with honey dish, that always came out with inconsistent results. I think I was getting pretty close, but honestly it wasn’t a hit a Thanksgiving 2013, so I wasn’t at all dismayed when Anie decided to do duck fat roasted potato as a throw-back to English Sunday Roast.
I nearly made a mistake with this one, as the first result provided came from Epicurious (normally a good source), but was actually for Pomme de Terre Sarladaise, which conjures up images of a more rustic, slightly crunchy version of scalloped potato. Luckily Anie grabbed this one by the horns and followed a recipe that resulted in phenomenally tasty, slightly smashed potato.
In the end, we had a terrific meal that was slightly scaled-back compared to last year, but met all the traditional requirements of too-much food and going back for seconds when I probably should have passed. We hope you and yours had a happy Thanksgiving.