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I am starting to think about a turkey dinner


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45 minutes ago, Old No. 7 said:

We are bucking tradition this year. No effing roast turkey. We don’t like it all that much. I still have last year’s leftovers in the freezer. Going with a variety of appetizers, vegetable sides, a pound of ham from the HB store and pie of course.

Smoked turkey is the way to go 

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3 minutes ago, jsharr said:

Have you ever done a fried turkey?  My brother smokes a bird every year.  We normally oven bake.  

Fried is "OK" but I prefer baked in a convection oven.  The skin doesn't brown much but we don't eat that anyway.

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1 hour ago, Old No. 7 said:

We are bucking tradition this year. No effing roast turkey. We don’t like it all that much. I still have last year’s leftovers in the freezer. Going with a variety of appetizers, vegetable sides, a pound of ham from the HB store and pie of course.

I gave up on turkey years ago. It's just not as good as other options. I'll probably do a whole chicken instead.

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1 hour ago, jsharr said:

Have you ever done a fried turkey?  My brother smokes a bird every year.  We normally oven bake.  

My wife loves the fried ones.  I reckon that is what I will do.  I am a toss up between smoked or fried.  I like them both, both are far superior to roasted.

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Just now, Parr8hed said:

My wife loves the fried ones.  I reckon that is what I will do.  I am a toss up between smoked or fried.  I like them both, both are far superior to roasted.

Could you smoke it for a bit and then fry it at the end?  

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37 minutes ago, dinneR said:

I gave up on turkey years ago. It's just not as good as other options. I'll probably do a whole chicken instead.

You need to get a giant cast iron pan and spatchcock a turkey! 

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Just now, Parr8hed said:

Interesting?  Not sure how that would work but I don't hate the idea. 

Remember to video just in case.

And remember to start the video with "Hold my _________"*

*Bourbon and Coke, Beer, whatever.

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5 hours ago, petitepedal said:

:frantics: why do I do this for just me?  Then again...I have not invited anyone over

Turkey prices are supposedly up 23% this year.

My brother and sister-in-law usually buy it and the rest of us bring other stuff.  I'm always expected to do 3 lb of Polish kielbasa cooked, cut, mixed and marinated in 4 lb of sauerkraut and a little of the kielbasa cooking water with caraway seeds - almost everyone in the extended family loves it - and usually do either 5 lb of German-style potato salad with bacon or a mix of cauliflower and broccoli in a cheese sauce.  With the prices at Costco for florets so much cheaper and already cut than buying a head of cauliflower and two heads of broccoli in the supermarket, I think that's what I'll do this year.

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3 hours ago, Old No. 7 said:

Salmon would be nice but Wo7 isn’t a fan anymore.

I could do that, but I already eat salmon twice a week. I love salmon and so does my GF and her kids. 

I might smoke some and use it as an appetizer or make salmon chowder.

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2 hours ago, Parr8hed said:

My wife loves the fried ones.  I reckon that is what I will do.  I am a toss up between smoked or fried.  I like them both, both are far superior to roasted.

Unless you brine it first, stuff a lot of butter and herbs beneath the skin and into the cavity and then roast it. Very yummy.

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11 hours ago, Parr8hed said:

Smoked turkey is the way to go 

 

11 hours ago, jsharr said:

Have you ever done a fried turkey?  My brother smokes a bird every year.  We normally oven bake.  

I deep fried the turkey for many years. Far superior to roasted in my opinion. I could fry a turkey in 40ish minutes. For a while I was doing 2 so I could have leftovers. With 1, there was rarely anything left!

Last year, I smoked a turkey breast since it was just WoW, our son and MiL. Apparently son liked it well enough the daughters are requesting I smoke one this year. I smoked a breast this last weekend for practice. Turned out great! 

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46 minutes ago, Dirtyhip said:

We will get an invite from our besties.  I will make a side and a dessert.  We will probably spend the night.  I might have a drink or two.  :happyanim:

I might do that as well, without the drink.

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