Monday, November 10, 2008

To Fry Or Not To Fry. . .

We're trying to decide how to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey this year. To fry or not to fry, that is the question!?! It's kind of a southern thing to do. Many years ago my brother~in~law, Howard, made deep fried turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey is injected with Cajun sauces. We had never had it before, it was absolutely delicious! I thought it would be greasy, not true. The juices are sealed in making the meat very moist & savory.

We deep fried our turkey for a few years, but we haven't prepared it that way the last 4 years. We have been cooking the bird in my Grandma Ruby's big harvest gold electric oven, very retro. That way you have more room in the oven for the stuffing & etc. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

The process is kind of messy, making sure you don't put too much peanut oil in the pot, it will overflow if you're not careful and cause a fire, scary stuff. If we decide to deep fry we'll probably have to set up operations in front of our house in the driveway far away from the house, not taking the chance of burning the house down. LOL

How do you prepare your Thanksgiving turkey? Is it Smoked, oven roasted, deep fried, ordered from a restaurant, or do you eat out like some people do?

Our turkey never looks like this, we slice it up before serving. I'm anxious to hear how you traditionally fix your turkey. Gobble, gobble!!


Mary said...

Fun to remember back on frying the turkey. Not sure what we will do this year since we are in the town house for our first Thanksgiving.

Take Out? Probably not.
Have a great Monday

Stacey said...

We are considering frying ours this year. Hubby doesn't like oven roasted turkey!! Isn't he strange. Sometimes we get it smoked. Either way it's yummy.

Amy said...

Wow, does deep-fried turkey sound wonderful! I have heard a lot about these turkeys but just never had one. With all the mess of moving, we will probably go out this year (thank goodness!) :) Have a wonderful day! Amy :)

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Darlene said...

We order our meal from a local catering company and it is delicious....then we just add some of our favorite side dishes along with the traditional package they offer.

Melissa Miller said...

My bother in law does the deep fried turkey and it's AMAZING! We cook it the regular way in the oven.

Sue said...

My family had always had turkey cooked in the oven until a couple of years ago and we were introduced to fried turkey...since then we all want it FRIED!! This is the recipe for the Gingerbread Dough Ornaments. 3 T shortening, 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c molasses, 1 tsp. baking soda, 3/4 c water, 3 1/2 c flour, 1 tsp. each: ground cloves, cinnamon, & nutmeg.
Beat shortening & sugar together. Stir in molasses. Mix dry ingredients together. Stir them into sugar mixture & gradually add water. Dough will be very stiff. Refrigerate overnight.
Heat oven to 350. Cut dough into three pieces. Roll one piece at a time (between two sheets of waxed paper) to a thickness of about 1/4". Cut desired shape. **If you are planning to hang these ornaments, poke holes in the shapes now with a straw or toothpick** I used peppercorns for eyes, etc. instead of cloves because it was cheaper! Bake for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool & harden for several hours. Dip in melted wax or spray with a sealer.

the voice of melody said...

I've never had fried turkey but I know some people won't eat it any other way. It sounds interesting.

We've often spent Thanksgiving at a friends' house where our family would be in charge of dessert, but this year, I think my hubby will be preparing the turkey, getting up early to cook it in the oven the traditional way. I'll be making dessert, my favorite part of any meal!

Many sweet blessings!

Bo said...

We've had it fried, roasted and smoked...I especially like it smoked...any way at all is good, but a little of it goes a long way with us...I think we're into the "trimmings" more than the turkey... ;-) Bo

BittersweetPunkin said...

We usually cook it the Traditional way but Dh has been saying he'd love to fry it...we'll see what he decides on. I would love to try it!

Shellmo said...

I tried that deep fried turkey for the 1st time last year and was surprised how good it was!!

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I have had turkey deep fried, it was very good. My husband take care of the turkey, I do they rest!!! The turkey almost cooks itself, I may have to rethink this deal!!! He cooks it in our outdoor gas grill. It frees up the stove for all the sides.