Friday, March 4, 2011
No Turkey Bag?
When I was at my daughter's home (taking care of the aforementioned grandson) we decided to roast a HUGE turkey she had in the freezer. We didn't want to wait until it had several days to thaw in the refrigerator, so for several hours the first day we put it in a sink full of cold water and transferred it to the refrigerator overnight.
Needless to say, it was still pretty frozen the next morning, but we decided to go for it anyway. Here is what we did:
Remove bird from packaging and rinse it off.
Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and basil.
Place it into a brown paper grocery bag on a rack, in a roasting pan.
Add a chopped onion and some chopped celery to the bag.
Close the bag and clip with clothespins.
Bake at 300F until done. This bird took 7 hours to finish.
Remove the bag.
Make gravy from the drippings.
Let the bird cool for at least 1/2 hour.
We had mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, turkey and I made some of my "Quick Stuffing."
Yum! No basting required. No "store bought" turkey roasting bag needed.
We had LOTS of meat left over. That went into turkey salad, turkey and homemade noodle soup, turkey and brown rice, lots of packages of frozen turkey for stir fries and sandwiches.