15 novembre 2008

My Mr. Turkey for Happy Turkey Day!

Zorra invited us to celebrate Thanksgiving all together, cooking a dish for that special occasion and talking about all our thanks and wishes.

Even though I am Italian and we don't celebrate that special day, Thanksgiving comes in a very special time of the year, at the end of November, when I start to put Christmas decorations all around my house and garden, start to think and plan my/our "thanks, wishes and presents" for Christmas, start to manage my birthday party, just one week before Christmas, when I gather all my dearest friends and prepare for them a huge fruit stuffed turkey!
It's like a tradition, I've been cooking it for over 30 years, so I could never disattend my friends' expectations for it! I should say my friends come so happily to my party thanks to this unforgettable turkey they are used to eat; I can be proud to say they are longing for it all the year through! This, of course, gives me a huge satisfaction and sounds to me now like a familiar Thanksgiving turkey, becoming the most popular dish for my birthday too!

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My Mr. Turkey


I usually buy the turkey at least one week earlier and freeze it so that when defrosting it will have a natural tenderizing. This due to the fact I cook a huge one, from 15 to 17kilos; if you cook a female, they usually reach 6/7 kilos as maximum, you don't need to freeze it because females are tenderer than males. Freeze it completely clean insiede and outside, but they usually sell them ready to cook.

Make an incision in the back triangle where you see a thin tube, both at the right and left side, and take away the tube and a small yellow fat gland that might give a bitter taste to your turkey (that gland produces fat, the turkey picks it up with his beak and spread it all over his feathers to make them waterproof).
Do throw away, too, excessive fat you might find in the opening area: probably it's not good fat as nowdays most part of turkeys come from breeding farms where they reach considerable weight and size despite their age in such a short time.

Stuffing: peeled apples and pears, dried apricots, prunes, jumbo raisins. The night before put all fruits to marinate in a big bowl with red wine(not necessarily a special one), 2/3 tablespoons of sugar, piecies of cinnamon and some cloves. The day after drain fruits, throw away cinnamon and cloves (they can give a bitter taste) and put all fruits inside the turkey.

Sew carefully with a big needle (upholsterers' needles are perfect!) and a strong yarn, then tie up with kitchen rope as a parcel, crossing legs and fastening wings to the body, putting rosemary twigs: this operation will help us in turning the turkey, especially big ones, and will avoid to damage it.
Put some water and kitchen salt to boil until salt is dissolved. Let it cool and then, using a syringe (better with short but thick needle), do syringe the turkey in all parts: breasts, whips, wings, back. Be careful and do it slowly because it might occur you spread the mixture out of the syringe and all over your face (it happened to me!).
This operation will flavour the turkey inside and keep it soft and not dry at all. Don't be parsimonious with salt syringes: for a big turkey, around 15 kilos, you need 10 syringe of about 2cc. each in the breasts, and as much again in all other parts.

Pour some extravirgin olive oil in a large baking pan, put the turkey inside, spread over some pepper and oil again, cover with thin foil and cook in oven 200/220°, considering 20/25 minutes for Kilo. It's better to cover the turkey with tin foil from the beginning to avoid breaks or damages in the skin, especially if you cook in a wood-fired brick oven as we do when it's more difficult to settle temperature; if you see it doesn't get coloured enough, let it cook without tin foil the last hour. Turn the turkey at least every 40 minutes adding some beer over it, it will keep it tender and make a fantastic gravy, without leaving any beer flavouring to the turkey (for a big turkey you need about 2 liters of beer)
A female of about 6 kilos needs 3 hours in oven, a male of about 12/15 kilos is cooked in 5/6 hours.

I thank all my friends who appreciate and enjoy so much this lovely dish, made the recipe theirs and cook a faboulous turkey themselves on Christmas Day.
I thank my husband and my sons, we are still a great family, supporting each other in good and bad times!
I thank Zorra for her kindness, her super blog and her faboulos ideas about fantastic events she gives us the opportunity to join!
I wish...I don't have any special wish for myself..., I wish my sons will always find the right way in their life!
I hope and wish everybody will carry on better and better, feel in peace in their hearts and never stop smiling!

Blog-Event XL: Happy Turkey Day

This recipe goes to the USA challenge of the World Culinary ABC Tour hosted by Simona.

9 commenti:

Dolci a gogo ha detto...

che dire cindy una ricetta da 10 e lode:-)baci imma

Mirtilla ha detto...

un vero capolavoro!!!

zorra ha detto...

Wow, what a wonderful turkey! I would like to join you and your friends immediately.

Unknown ha detto...

wow che capolavoro!!!!!!!!
mia e-mail theswancake@libero.it

manu ha detto...

ricetta bellissima!! grazie per averla condivisa con noi!! buona domenica

Cindystar ha detto...

Un big smack a tutte!

Zo: you're always welcome! Get a charter and come whenever you like, the most beautiful lake in Italy is awaiting for you!

Carmen: grazie per la mail, ti ho già mandato i links delle ricette.

Buona domenica!!!

Matteo ha detto...

It's the best turkey I've ever seen...please!!!!send me a piece of it by e-mail!!! ;o)

Matteo ha detto...

Ciao ho rispoto ai tuoi commenti sul mio blog...a presto, Matteo.

Cindystar ha detto...

Grazie, Matteo, domani ti mando la mail.


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