Three Birds

November 26th, 2009


I can’t move.

Let’s see if I can critique the meal.

The Showtime turkey was very good, but I found it dryer than a roasted turkey. I got the internal temperature up to 161°, and I knew that wasn’t enough, so I hit it with another half-hour. That came out to about 17 1/2 minutes per pound, which is way above the recommended time. Maybe I did something wrong. The skin was magnificent. It was very dark and loaded with browned-bird flavor. I’ll probably do my next turkey this way, even if it’s not perfect, because it frees up the oven for other things.

Mike told me the texture of a Showtime turkey would be way better than that of an oven turkey. The one I cooked today seemed like every other turkey I’ve roasted.

My dad loved the turkey, so I guess the rotisserie flavor offset the dryness.

I was not thrilled by the mashed potatoes. I tried the ricer again, even though I didn’t like it the first time I used it. I thought it gave the potatoes a heavy texture. I guess that could have been the microwave, though. The microwave makes very good baked potatoes (when I’m in too much of a hurry to do it right), so I don’t see why it would adversely affect mashed potatoes. I guess I could boil a test potato and then use the ricer to peel and moosh it up.

I ate way too much. I guess I can’t be a crusader against gluttony every day. I made a whole bunch of dishes, and a small serving of each would make for a big meal, so there wasn’t much I could do.

Marv and Maynard seem to be enjoying their share. You can always tell when Marv likes his food, because he buries his snout in it and grunts like a small pig.

5 Responses to “Three Birds”

  1. Peg Says:

    I leave for my fall bridge tournament in about 1.5 hours, so no turkey and big meal for me, Steve. Loved hearing about yours, however!

    Mr. Mollo and Sunny are dining on their standard Fiesta Kaytee fare … plus a new shipment of Golden Miller sprays. Life is good!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and everyone who stops by here 🙂

  2. MikeC Says:

    I have found the best turkey I have ever had was cooked on my weber kettle. Coated with olive oil and lawry’s seasoned salt, cooked with indirect heat just till the breast reaches 180 degrees. Unfortunately no stuffing in the turkey, but I have never experienced a more tasty bird.

    I hope you had a great thanksgiving Steve, and thanks for keeping us entertained throughout the year.

  3. Heather P. Says:

    Please tell me you didn’t feed Marv and Maynard turkey.
    My neighbor used to feed her Scarlett Macaw chicken and HE LOVED IT!!! I just found that so wrong!! LOL!
    Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!
    God Bless!!

  4. blindshooter Says:

    We split the turkey like a chicken and grill it. Tear it off the bones and season like BBQ pork with the addition of melted butter. Seasoning here consists of vinegar, salt and black/red pepper. The butter helps offset the little bit of dryness that is inevitable with grilling the bird.
    Its all good with family and friends, hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  5. Alan Says:

    Joyous fellowship with close family is not gluttony. When you are with family, on a holiday, I feel that God smiles on the family. When Mom was alive, if you could walk from the table, her feelings were hurt. She preferred a waddle. That made her heart happy.