I love challenges. I love trying out things. That’s why I took it upon myself to roast a turkey. I tell you, a turkey looks intimidating. Man…it takes 2-3 days just to thaw that giant bird in the refrigerator. Can you imagine that?
So, I had taken out my turkey from the freezer today and put it at the bottom shelf. Twelve hours have passed and not a single condensation shows on the surface. Lucky thing is I won’t need it till Christmas day which is many days away.
I bought my turkey early. Several days ago, I grabbed one 4.5KG bird which is a decent size for my oven. When I was at the supermarket today, many people were lamenting about not being able to find a smaller bird. Most of the turkeys are whooping 8-9 KGs. All the smaller ones had been sold out.
I had gotten the recipes for a complete Christmas meal from Auntie Suzanne. She is 80 years old, very modern, stylish and a fun church and choir member. Sweet Auntie Suzanne had written out all the step-by-step of making the turkey, roast potatoes, vegetables, salads, soup, prawns and even some special mayonnaise sauce.
So, I am very confident that I will produce good results after Auntie Suzanne’s hard work of teaching me how to roast a turkey. I had invited all my sisters and brother plus sisters-in-law to have a dinner at my home on Sunday, i.e. Christmas Day. None of them are Christians so I am looking forward to serve them a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
My turkey will probably be seasoned with only salt, pepper and XO (brandy). Yeah! Lots of XO! That’s all is needed.
I found one very detailed and yet easy recipe for roasting turkey from Simply Recipe. If you are interested in roasting a turkey, do check out this site. At this point in time, I wouldn’t dare to put up a recipe for roasting turkey. I do not know if mine is going to turn out a disaster or the beginning of a family tradition.
Ever roast a turkey before? Any story to share? Auntie Suzanne told me it takes 2-3 hours of roasting at 200 deg. celcius. The turkey has a pop-up timer. The thing will pop-up when it is cooked. I hope the whole animal did not explode! LOL!
The Simply Recipe site has recommended cooking the stuffing separately. (I bought a mushroom stuffing.) And roast the turkey breast side down. I am going to do that too.
You may also want to check out this site, Cooking for Engineers. It is complete with graphics. Plenty of tips there too.
So, good luck to me and my turkey. Woohoo! Christmas is coming!