Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I Hate Thanksgiving Clean-Up!! (and my go-to turkey recipe)

Sheer brilliance, you say? Of course it is, unless you're one of those sticklers who sit there and count up the minutes (hours) it took me to wrap this rack and pan. But you know what? When you're scrubbing the caramelized crap off of your turkey rack and pan, I'll be three glasses of wine ahead of you.... in my lazy boy recliner. Hell yeah.


(Edited post-Thanksgiving to remember how I made it this year. Easiest ever and most moist turkey to date)

325 degrees. Washed and patted turkey dry. Rubbed with canola oil and seasoned with Montreal Steak Seasoning. Place turkey in oven and dumped 2 1/2 quarts of chicken broth into bottom of the pan and added a stick of butter. Roasted for one hour and then started basting turkey and turning pan around every half hour until turkey was nicely browned on top. Covered just the top loosely and continued to baste/bake until turkey was done.

16 comments:

M.J. Jacobsen said...

Hell yeah! You are way ahead of all of us, enjoy your wine!!! :)

Abby said...

Hahaha! Love it! And brilliant idea!!

The Mom Chef said...

I am SO right there with you. Another brilliant idea by la belle femme.

Lea M. Callais said...

HAHAHAHAHA Brilliant!

Julie said...

Happy Thanksgiving.

Moogie said...

Once again we celebrate a national holiday that chains the woman to the kitchen. Let's face it, this is purely a man's holiday, thought up by a man.

Hell yeah! I might be getting old but my hippie protesting days are not over. I think I'll burn my painful underwire bra while I'm smoking the turkey.

June said...

You mean you're supposed to scrub all that stuff off? LOL

Anonymous said...

You scare me with your good idea and excuse to get away with it with wine. I now know I am not crazy!
Nancy O

Shelby said...

Yep, I hate clean-up too....but I use the reynolds oven bag. That's pretty darn clean and easy to clean up too. ;o)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the smoking! I too quit 18 months ago and totally understand how hard that is. I've been doing the Belly Fat Cure - Jorge Cruise for 11 months and lost 25lbs with no problem. It is the easiest life change I have ever made and I've been dieting 40 of my 50 years on this earth:). Good luck with SBD! & your grandson is a doll!

saltandserenity said...

How long did it take you to remove all that foil from the rack, once the turkey was done? Just askin'!
I just heard of using Montreal steak spice on chicken wings and tried it. It was fantastic. I never thought of it for turkey. You are just a brilliant woman!!

thisoldbroad said...

I must have done something wrong when I tried this because it took me longer to pick off tiny stuck pieces of foil than it would have to just wash the rack. Think I wrapped them too tight. ?

Everyone stayed far away from the deranged woman who swung between cussing & laughing trying to get that foil off. Didn't help that I drank a pot of coffee & used Bailey's shots for creamer while cleaning up.

Next year I'll use 2 sheets of thick foil, drape the rack & just poke drainage holes. More Bailey's & less coffee.

Hope your holiday was filled with love & happiness.

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

(((Thisoldbroad)) Awww... I feel terrible that this didn't work for you! Did you notice that I used non-stick foil?

It still took awhile to do the unwrapping. I'm really not sure if I was further ahead or not.

thisoldbroad said...

Don't feel bad for me - it wouldn't be the holidays without kitchen disasters & giggly, tipsy lunatics trying to cook. It's tradition! Actually - my kitchen 'mishaps' are legendary!

Good cheer & good health sweet lady.

SallyBR said...

What a great idea to wrap the rack like that! Love it, love it, love it!

Quirky Jessi said...

What a great idea! If it's time-consuming to get off, it may still be a pain to clean up, but I'd rather deal with that than having to soak and scrub as much.