I am sooooooooo happy it’s Sunday. No more Thanksgiving, no more cooking for 7 hours straight, no more eating for 12 minutes, no more doing dishes for an hour and no more putting all the dishes away for 2 hours. It’s funny as I love cooking for the holidays but it’s sad that it’s only the two of us. It’s not that we live terribly far from family or friends but the fact that our house is still under construction makes it absolutely impossible to host a real dinner. However that doesn’t stop me from putting a spread out though on a much smaller scale – well by my standards at least. I still went with the 9+ pound turkey breast (we don’t eat dark meat), a whole loaf of bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams (blech – he loves them things!), sophisticated green beans, candied bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts with a maple Dijon glaze, rolls and the most amazing chocolate cream dream pie ever.
Yeah all that for 2 people! All I can say is THANK GOD FOR STRETCH PANTS! LOL
Of course after dinner Mr. Fantabulous took his obligatory nap (though he did help me clear off the table – one armed at that) while I did dishes for the 2nd time. I think by 7pm my butt was in bed and zoned out. During that time I logged on to Facebook and could not get over how many people were out already Black Friday shopping. I don’t get that; really. I’ve gone in the past but now, my time is precious and I refuse to stand in line either on a holiday or at the butt crack o’dawn to get a ‘deal’. Sorry but no.
So the turkey is carved, the stuffing is put away and you have enough leftover mashed potatoes for another Thanksgiving. If you’re like me, you really don’t want another traditional Thanksgiving meal. Instead of another plate of turkey, stuffing, taters and cranberry sauce, revamp those leftovers into one of these amazing meals! Let’s have a Leftover Makeover!
So open up your fridge and let’s get started!
It’s funny when I hear people talk about cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas. A state of panic sets in but why? My approach when I cook a bird is pretty straight forward. To me it’s just a big chicken. It’s bigger, fatter, heavier and stuffed with more stuff. So I just adjust my cooking times and temp and just let my oven work it’s magic. That being said I went straight to my trusty source to get the facts to share with you.
♥ Make sure when you put your turkey in a roasting pan you put it on a roasting rack, breast side up. If you don’t have a rack just crumple up some tin foil and line the bottom. You don’t want the bird to sit on the bottom of the pan
♥ Your turkey is done when the temperature with a meat thermometer is 180° F in thigh and 165° F in breast or stuffing.
♥ Cover neck and exposed stuffing with foil to prevent over-browning for turkey breasts.
♥ When the turkey is about 2/3 done, loosely cover breast and top of drumsticks with a piece of foil to prevent overcooking.
♥ When your turkey is up to temperature, remove it from the oven and the roasting pan. Place on a platter and let to sit for at least 25 minutes prior to carving.
Happy Tuesday TKW Family! On this week’s edition of Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer, I’m going to be sharing with you what I deem the cooking essentials every foodie needs. Today we’re focusing on the equipment. So while you’re making out that list for your favorite foodie, let TKW’s Holiday Foodie Gift Guide: The Cooking Essentials help you out and stop you from racking your brain on what to get them.
This edition today is all about cooking essentials – pots, pans, general kitchen equipment (well okay other than a toaster or microwave – you get the picture). These are items that I use day in and day out and LOVE! Yes these items do lead to Amazon where it’s an affiliate link (the small commission I make off of that helps fund TKW so thank you for your purchases!). For those of you that know me, you know how incredibly critical I am about the items I use. If I don’t use them, I don’t promote them.. period! And while some of these items may be out of your budget I will list some alternatives that I have used and do love.
This post is being sponsored by Nordic Ware featuring their AMAZING Cookies & Cream Baking Pan. So if you recall when I shared my review of the Nordic Ware Cookies & Cream Pan, I promised you that I’d share the recipe on how to make these adorable (and unbelievably DELICIOUS treats). Oh trust me, it wasn’t easy not sharing it right away but I wanted a teaser; something that even though you never tasted it you already craved it. I honestly was so happy by how these turned out. These have to be one of the prettiest desserts I’ve made in a really long time.
I am so in love with this pan from Nordic Ware that I cannot wait to make more stuff with it! As you can see this post is pretty heavy with photos. I couldn’t control myself. The camera just loved these decadent little beauties. I seriously want to have a party JUST to make these as the dessert.