My First Roasted Turkey & Homemade Stuffing

November 23, 2012 · 3 comments

I roasted my first turkey for Thanksgiving and successfully cooked an entire holiday feast! I feel like this should be some sort of life milestone. While it was only for 3 people, I didn’t burn, under-cook or over season anything. IMG 7397

I bought the 10-lb turkey on Tuesday at Whole Foods. Not really knowing what to do with it, I started googling “roast turkey” when I got home. I decided that I should try to brine it which is when you soak the bird in a salt water mixture overnight. Before you do this, you have to take out the neck and heart and other “stuff”. Unfortunately, Roomie helped me do this Wednesday night after an evening of cocktails in Southie. By accident, I left the gizzards in the bird and still didn’t realize they were in there the next morning when I stuffed it with apples, onion, garlic and rosemary. We thankfully bought gravy from Flour Bakery, so any crisis was averted.

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We also bought a pear and goat cheese salad and duck fat stuffing with currants, kale and wild mushrooms from Flour. I knew I wanted to try to make a healthier stuffing from scratch but knew we needed a back up. The stuffing from Flour was unbelievably good. I love stuffing and it was the best I have ever had.
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The salad was good too and helped alleviate another dish to prepare. I was thankful for ordering the salad because my Brussels sprouts went bad the day before and this was our only green veggie.

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Let’s be honest though, no one craves the veggie sides at Thanksgiving. For me, it’s all about the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce combo. I bought a cranberry orange relish from Trader Joe’s that was made with just cranberries and orange juice. For my stuffing, I forgot to leave out the bread the night before so I toasted 1/2 a loaf of Whole Wheat and 1/2 a loaf of Ezekial bread in the Oven with the turkey. I sautéed the Trader Joe’s stuffing starter veggie kit with a tablespoon of butter. I added in the bread, once I had cubed it, and about 2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth. Threw in a handful of dried cranberries and a little more thyme.

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Baked it in the oven for 35 minutes and was ready to go. It was surprisingly really good. I was nervous since I didn’t have a real recipe. It also didn’t help that I added some delicious gravy on top and a little cranberry sauce.

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Also on the menu: mashed butternut squash, Laughing Cow mashed potatoes, and roasted sweet potatoes. The only thing I didn’t eat were the roasted sweet potatoes. My mother always makes a brown sugar and butter baked version but I opted to go “clean” and as a result, didn’t eat them. No one else did either, lol.

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For dessert, I made my pumpkin pie and bought Roomie a pecan pie which I of course had as well. After dinner, we went down to my cousins to spend time with family for dessert.
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1 Carli November 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Congratulations! This is a milestone. I think cooking whole birds is hard and people assume that you know to do things…but you don’t. At least we have the internet to help us out now.

Your turkey looks great! As does everything else!

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2 Jess November 25, 2012 at 12:49 am

It is definitely a milestone! I did my first one last year. Looks like an awesome meal!

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3 Sara @ fitcupcaker.com November 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

Looks like you did a great Job. The food looks fantastic too! I dont want thanksgiving to be over!!

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