First, I'd like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. I wish I could have shared this discovery earlier but by the time we got our first turkey out of the oven at 8:30 PM and carved it at 10 PM, I was too tired to report the results.
Back a few weeks ago we caught the ending of the Cook's Country show on PBS. We have been subscribers of Cook's Magazine and have made a few of their recipes. They research recipes and create the best recipe usually from a group of trial recipes. The show was on cooking an old-fashioned roasted turkey with creamy garlic mashed potatoes. The turkey recipe was easy, basically a 12-14 pound turkey, 1 pound of salt pork and some cheese cloth. The full recipe can be found at www.cookscountrytv.com or by clicking http://tinyurl.com/yhvq7km.
Easy recipe, why not try it? It was worth the 15 minutes it took to get the turkey ready and into the oven. I think even my friend, Steve Ford, could make this...and he's a take-out guy!
At 10 PM, we realized we had made probably the best tasting turkey we had ever cooked. It was moist and very flavorful. If you saw what we went through for the 24 pound turkey we are cooking today (brining, stuffing, basting) you would die. And I hate to say it, I think our old fashioned roasted turkey will win hands down.