Monday, November 30, 2009

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.
William Shakespeare

Because Nick had to work and we're going to Florida for Christmas we had a low key Thanksgiving here in St. Louis with just the two of us. I made a turkey (smallest one I could find!), stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade gravy, crescent rolls and pumpkin pie. Yum! I thought it all turned out great.

I used one of Paula Deen's recipes for roasting a turkey without stuffing it and it was delish! I've included it below. After an early dinner we watched football, I finished a great book and we kicked off the most wonderful time of the year with watching Home Alone. All in all a lot of things to be thankful for!

Broke out the silver for a pretty table.

Nick made the cranberry sauce. Had to go with the "real" stuff!

Food baby.

Naps for everyone.


Paula Deen's Roasted Turkey

1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 turkey, 12-14 lbs, thawed if frozen
1 onion, quartered
1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
Several sprigs of fresh herbs, such as thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 F. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper inside turkey cavity. Place onion, garlic, herb sprigs, and bay leaves insides cavity. Place turkey breast-side up on rack in large roasting pan. brush with half of butter; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and remaining salt. Truss, if desired.

Tent turkey with foil, roast 2 hours, 30 minutes. Remove foil, brush with remaining butter. Increase oven temperature to 425 F. Roast turkey until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh away from bone registers 180 F about 45 minutes, tenting with foil during last 15 minutes of cooking time, if browning too quickly. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.

9 comments:

Rachel H. said...

Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving!! And your food all looks delicious! :)

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Your table and food look great! Tell Nick he did a great job with the cranberry sauce. Maybe I'll see you in Florida. What are you guys doing for New Year's?

willtherebecake said...

Wow, that's a lot of work for one person! What a beautiful dinner.

Mrs. Fabulous said...

I am so impressed you made a turkey by yourself!! Way to go! Is it your first??
I haven't made one yet. Maybe when I'm 40... :)

Perfectly Pleasant said...

What a great looking table!

Lipstick said...

Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful and relaxing! BTW, your table looks beautiful too!

Tamil Home Recipes said...

Good recipe.

Angie said...

I LOVE Paula Deen anything. Glad it turned out well. Last year was the first year I ever made a turkey and we made it in that bag, and boy it was tender and juicy.

Casey said...

You're coming to Florida for Christmas??? YEAH!!!

 
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