Thanksgiving Day has come and gone in all of it’s wonderful, glutinous traditions. I didn’t cook this year, let’s be honest Mum still does the cooking and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon. I’m perfectly fine with that to be honest. If we are all honest, nothing beats a homemade meal from Mum no matter how old we grow.
It was a small Thanksgiving table this year, just four of us (my parents and hubby and I) and for the first time it was casual. I always request casual holiday events and Mum never listens to me. She always wants to pull out the china and expensive stemware, even when there are a whopping four people sitting down to dinner. This year she cook a small bird and a small number of sides. There were hardly any leftovers which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What leftovers there were, came home with us since they are on their way out of town to visit the Texas grandchildren.
Our holiday meal included the ever present stuffing and turkey but with a twist. She no longer stuffs the turkey bird with stuffing but rather puts it in the crockpot. First time she told me she was cooking stuffing in the crockpot I was convinced she was going senile early. I was wrong. Stuffing turns out moist and perfectly down. It’s even possible to get crispy sides if you take off the lid about thirty minutes prior to serving. I did have a hand in cooking dinner, minor in the extreme however.
A couple of years ago I discovered the secret to an always moist and juicy turkey no matter what the time of year … citrus.
Seriously, not kidding here, it’s citrus. I know, sounds crazy but it works and no the bird doesn’t come out overly sweet or tangy from the fruit. I usually stuff whatever citrus is in the refrigerator whenever I pop a turkey, or for that matter a whole chicken, in the oven. Blood oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, tangerines, doesn’t matter to me they all work. I also usually add an onion and depending on the time of the year a jalapeno or an apple or two. I just half or quarter, depending on the cavity size, and shove the fruit and spices inside, cover with foil and stick in the oven for a couple of hours. Foolproof, never fail delicious turkey is always the result.
It probably won’t be until sometime next week that I make turkey for just the two of us but when I do I will remember to take a couple of pictures to share. I will be honest, I am looking forward to that meal since there were so few leftovers yesterday.