Did you all have a Happy Thanksgiving? It was a busy one around the yurt. I started cooking as soon as I came in from milking the goats and it went on almost until we sat down to eat. I took a couple of small breaks but I was in the kitchen most of the day. I must admit I am very happy when I am in the kitchen but it does take its toll on me. I am paying for it today. I’ll eventually get all of the recipes posted but for today just a pictorial round up of the day. And the explanation for how my kitchen ended up looking like the photo above. I’m sure many of you had similar looking kitchens by the time the day was over!
The first thing I made was the ice cream. I had made the base the day before so all I needed to do was run it through the ice cream maker. I made my Spiced Vanilla goat’s milk ice cream because I thought the flavors would go well with the pies. I make it by steeping a spice bag with a cinnamon stick, cardamon seeds, cloves, allspice and star anise in the milk. I also add a touch of nutmeg. It makes a delicious ice cream. I then made the pie crust dough so it could rest in the freezer. On to the lemon curd for the huckleberry pie. The hubby isn’t as big a fan of pumpkin pie as I am so I solved the problem by making mini pies for him!
I made him two mini apple crumb pies and two huckleberry pies with lemon curd. After I had made the curd I set it aside to cool and pulled the pie dough out of the freezer. I needed to get them baked early as I wanted the turkey in the oven by 2PM. I rolled the dough out, mixed up the pumpkin filling and in went the pumpkin pie.
While the pumpkin pie was baking I blind baked the mini pie crusts. I was going to cook the filling for them and then just bake the apple pies to cook off the crumb topping. I used three different apples for the little apple pies. Even when making mini I stick with the classic recipe.
The turkey was a free range bird from a Hutterite colony. We’ve had them at other Thanksgiving dinners and the birds are always juicy and delicious. As I mentioned previously I’ve only cooked one turkey before so I was looking forward to trying another one. When I opened it up it was clean as a whistle inside and they had included all of the gizzards – not that I use them – and the neck which will be good for my stock making.
They had also done something with the legs. How cool is this? I didn’t have to worry about tying them together. It was already done and with the bird’s own skin. I’m happy to note that the bird was in the oven at 1:48PM. AHEAD of schedule!
I had made my stuffing a little earlier in the day and I did stuff the bird – what can I say, I’m old school. I was very surprised with the stuffing. I had my doubts since I was using whole wheat bread to make it. I used my traditional bacon sage recipe and it was DELICIOUS. The wheat bread brought a bit of sweetness to the stuffing and if no one had told me I never would have guessed it had been made with a bread I do not like. Live and learn. I’ll post the recipe in the next few days.
While Mr. Turkey was roasting I did get a small break and I put together a little snack plate for the hubby. It had some cheeses we had picked up on our trip to the Amish store, some peanuts and one of his favorite treats Smoked Salmon Candy from Anderson Seafoods, (That is an affiliate link so if you make a purchase through it I do make a little money – the Smoked Salmon Candy is on sale right now!)
I then went about making the sides; maple walnut Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes for me and brown and wild rice for him. Gravy of course – I had brined the turkey so it had a delightful flavor. I also made my own cranberry sauce this year. Who knew it was so easy to do. Soooo much better than the stuff in the can!
The turkey looked gorgeous when he came out of the oven! I had rubbed him with some Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil from Dove Olive Oil Company. (They had sent me a sample – I also put some in the stuffing.)
After all of those hours of cooking we finally sat down to eat! Everything was delicious if I do say so myself. I had the breast meat and hubby had a leg. The gravy had a wonderful taste of sage to it and was rich and thick. The meat was nice and juicy. And I still can’t believe how good the stuffing was!
We were both full by the time we were done and we didn’t even eat the biscuits! They will work well for making sandwiches. It took four dishwasher loads through the day to get everything clean. I am very thankful for my dishwasher! After I cleaned the kitchen I sat and watched a sappy Christmas movie and the hubby read. We were not ready for dessert by any stretch.
We did finally enjoy those pies while watching the news. He had his mini huckleberry pie and I had pumpkin – both topped with the spiced vanilla ice cream. It was a perfect ending to a really lovely day. But I do marvel at the hours of cooking and baking for it all to be consumed in 15 minutes. I do have a lot of leftovers which will be really nice as I do truly enjoy turkey. I will also have that carcass and I will be making a big pot of stock later in the week so I can replenish my pantry.
I do hope that all of you had as fun and tasty a day as we had here in the yurt.