I tried, I really did. I put the 15 pound turkey in my shopping cart. I'd already spent quite some time leaning over the open freezer case at Schnuck's, obsessing over every turkey they had and their various sizes. I started to walk away, pushing the cart, but I kept slowing down and looking at the turkey. Ernie sighed and said, "Whatever you want Cynthia." I stopped and said, "you know, it just doesn't seem BIG enough for a turkey." I turned around and he followed me back to the freezer case. I said, "well, what about we just get two small ones?" Ernie shook his head and nodded, putting a 14 and a half pounder in the shopping cart as well. I paused and said, "well, you realize we now have almost 30 pounds of turkey....maybe we should just get the 22 pound turkey instead?" Ernie shook his head again and, with great stoicism, put the two turkeys back and put the 22 pound turkey in the cart.
I felt much better.
Turkeys should be big. They shouldn't just look like big chickens.
Of course this does put my spatchcocking plan at risk, because a spatchcocked 22 pound turkey will be too big for any pan I have. Something to think about. Hmmmm.
I got a few extra turkey parts yesterday and made a batch of stock yesterday. Today I'll simmer it a bit and turn it into some gravy base, ready for the pan drippings.
There will be turkey, gravy, and I'll make mashed potatoes. Lisa Kesler is bringing stuffing. Maybe I'll make some cranberry sauce---unless somebody wants to bring some. Side dishes and desserts are welcome.
I can't wait for Pretend Thanksgiving with Rod Picott!
Don't forget.....Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 pm. This way you'll have your weekend free for the Folk & Roots Festival....
Please feel free to invite others. All are welcome. $20ish suggested donation. Bring what you can. BYOB. Come enjoy the potluck even if you can't bring anything---there should be lots of turkey....