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Out of the Box Thanksgiving Foods
Any adventurers out there?

 6:52 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, cranberries, etc... they are all great but sometimes unique foods can make the meal memorable.

Last year I did the deep fried turkey thing and it was wonderful. I tried a deep fried prime rib around Christmas as well and it was amazing.

I think for dessert this year rather than doing the traditional pumpkin and apple pie I will try something different. I am thinking deep fried twinkies and oreos. I have tried the Oreos before and they were great and have heard great thing about the twinkies.

Anybody else have something unique they are planning for the big meal?



 7:06 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

At first glance I didn't understand you meant "Out of the box thinking" and was grimacing at the though of you pulling a fried turkey out of a supermarket bag for Thanksgiving.


 7:10 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm thinking of having one fish taco.


 7:12 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

My aunt made something called turducken for us one time for Thanksgiving. It was turkey stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a duck. Don't ask me how she did it. She said it took two days to prepare. It was excellent.


 7:15 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I love deep fried turkey. :) I did a seafood Thanksgiving one year that went over quite well. Lobster is a bit more traditional in the U.S. than many people think, c'mon, Thanksgiving was a New England holiday.
Throw in some shrimp, crab cakes, Orange Roughy and flounder and no one misses the turkey. Well, some people do...

Never thought about deep fried Twinkies though. Jambalaya however, hmm, A Cajun Thanksgiving...


 7:29 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

*deep fried turkey*
That must be some deep fat fryer!


 7:33 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Turducken huh? Sounds great! I didn't get to go Goose hunting this year, so no Christmas goose. Might have a turducken though:



 7:33 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

"something called turducken"

I have always wanted to try this. Maybe next year.

"That must be some deep fat fryer!"

It is about a 12 gallon stock pot that sits on a big propane burner.


 7:41 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

God, deep fried turkey. It just wouldn't be allowed in blighty!

How does it turn out? Like a giant bit of KFC (KFT?)

Does it end up moist?


 7:45 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Deep fried turkey is quite excellent. The trick is to make sure the oil is hot - very hot. It comes out quite juicy and not at all oily.


 8:00 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I had deep fried turkey a few years ago. I was quite skeptical at first ... but the meal was absolutely DELICIOUS.

The oil really didn't seem to permeate the bird - the turkey stayed tender and moist.

It felt wrong at the time, but I loved it anyway.


 8:09 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

They had a special on the local news about "The dangers of deep-frying a turkey". The fire department had set up a demonstration of how NOT to deep fry a turkey. I laughed, as the segment looked like something out of MTV's "Jackass".

"Hi, I'm Johnny Knoxville, and this is deep-fried Turkey fire!"

When one doesn't monitor the temp of the frying oil and puts too much oil in the pan, one gets boiling oil spill-over and oil on the propane burner. {Beavis}Fire! FIRE FIRE!{/Beavis}

Out of the box: My mom did something a couple years ago: She cut slits every three inches into the turkey in a grid pattern and shoved a whole clove of garlic and a couple sprigs of fresh parsley in them. Put turkey in oven bag, let it cook for eight hours at 300 degrees and enjoy!


 8:17 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

The local high school Hawaiian club is making an "Imu" (underground oven, how they do the pig at a luau) again this year so we thought we'd try our turkey and a pork roast cooked this way. The meat is seasoned, wrapped in ti leaves and then foil so it's ready to go. You drop off your meats this evening and they unearth the imu tomorrow morning.


 8:26 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

One trick is to use the right type of oil. Regular vegetable oil starts smoking and scorching at around 360-375 which is about the temperature you need. Peanut oil is by far the best. It can go to over 400 degrees without any adverse effects.

Case in point: A friend of mine wanted to try the deep fried twinkie thing a few weeks ago. He had the oil in a pan on his stove and all of a sudden the pan of oil caught fire. It was shooting 3-6 foot flames straight up. Water is a no-no with grease fires and they only had a small box of baking soda do dump on it. The kitchen was so full of black smoke that he couldn't see his wife who was about 3-4 feet away. His only choice was to take the flaming pan of oil down three fligts of stairs to the parking lot outside his apartment and wait for the fire to go down. Moral: always use peanut oil when deep frying.

Another advantage of deep frying the bird is it only takes around 90 minutes to cook a 15 pound turkey. The skin is crisp and the inside is moist. Also if you inject some flavoring in the turkey before cooking it comes out all the better.


 8:29 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I had an evil plot when I was married... if the inlaws ever decided we had to host Thanksgiving, I was going to enthusiastically tell them I was so excited about it that I wanted to cook everything myself, and they didn't need to bring anything (this was a family full of bland food and bad cooks)...

...and then serve them a bunch of strange food like pressed duck with orange sauce, and maybe a haggis and some exotic japanese side dishes. They'd never have come over to our house again. ;)

However, it is now required to attend the holidays at my boyfriend's mother's house. At least the food isn't bad. Her husband is a great cook.


 8:39 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Anybody feeling daring?

Whole Stuffed Camel [home.tiac.net]


 8:41 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

You guys make us Europeans look like wimps!
Need some Aussie input methinks.


 8:45 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

BTW, Dr.Cool, where's WA? My mind's gone blank.


 8:48 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Washington State. It is located in the very northwest corner of the US (not counting Alaska). I am in Spokane on the eastern side of the state near the Washington / Idaho border.


 9:07 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Need some Aussie input methinks.

Well I'm a Kiwi, not an Aussie. A traditional Xmas dinner served about 2pm in the middle of summer is an experience. There's the thrill of cooking dinner, then spending the hottest part of the day eating it. Leftovers make for a good picnic on Boxing Day.

We discovered that one of the game food places here has wild pork hams, and I'll be checking to see if I can get one this year. That cold with perhaps a crayfish if it can be had at a good price, or some steamed green-lipped mussels would be a better alternative to the full meal.

Rumour has it that most Aussies just put some prawns on the barbie at the beach.


 9:09 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

>Boxing Day

I remember that DAY from when we lived in Fiji. Great idea!


 9:12 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I was hoping for Croc stuffed Wallaby stuffed Koala stuffed Possum up a Gum tree that was then set on fire!


 9:22 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Wallaby? Wallaby is hunted in New Zealand. I wonder if our game food place has it. They had Thar barbecue patties and roasts the other day.


 9:34 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Had to look that one up Olwen, seems like some kind of hairy goat.


 10:34 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

My family has lefse [geocities.com] at Thanksgiving. We butter lefse patty, wrap the turkey in it, then chow down.


 12:07 am on Nov 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Deep fried turkey is the best. It is becomeing very popular around here, all the stores are starting to sell the deep fryers, peanut oil etc.

I'd like to try the prime rib. *drool*


 12:12 am on Nov 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Recommended Guidelines for Turkey Fryers [ap.tbo.com]


 12:24 am on Nov 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

"I'd like to try the prime rib. *drool*"

You have every right to drool. The oil makes a nice crust on the outside of the roast that is loaded with flavor. Meanwhile the inside is pink, tender, and juicy. I haven't found a prime rib that compares to it. I was able to cook it perfectly the first time I tried. If you have a fryer there is nothing to it. Just put it in the hot oil (360-375 degrees) and use a long meat thermometer to check the temp in the middle. When it reaches the desired temperature pull it out, let it sit for about 15 minutes, carve, and enjoy. It only takes around 3-4 minutes per pound.
Now I am starting to drool.


 1:58 pm on Nov 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

I miss tryptophan...<sniff>

Thanksgiving dinner for me was a little sashimi, some leftover fried chicken and pizza...washed down with a beer.


 2:52 pm on Nov 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

What's Thanksgiving? ;)

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