Thanksgiving is a very special time of the year. As Asians we are not accustomed to celebrate such occasion. However that changed when I met my husband 11 years ago. We actually met on Thanksgiving and became friends for a year before we got together. We were both really thankful that we had met each other so we made it our tradition to celebrate such an occasion with a full turkey dinner. We thought it is a great way to remind ourselves to give thanks and appreciate all the people around us.
This year I would like to thank all my family and friends for all their support with Gleeful Gourmets! Especially Joel, Greg, Kari and my husband Huan. Gleeful Gourmets would have never been able to launch without all your help! Thank you for believing in me even when I thought my own ideas were so far fetched!
For this Thanksgiving dinner, instead of your usual Gleeful Gourmets quick and simple meal, I went for the turkey dinner. I know it is a lot of work to prepare a full turkey dinner. It can also be a lot of fun getting the whole family involved. This is a great way of spending quality time together as a family! If this is your first time roasting a turkey, it is a lot easier than you might think. There will be a lot of waiting time in between roasting a turkey, so I’ve added a few sides. Don’t be alarmed! These additional sides won’t delay your dinner as I was extra careful choosing them to make sure that each can be done by the same time as the turkey. The trick is in the planning. Now that the planning is done for you, I hope you and your family can enjoy a fun and stress-free Thanksgiving dinner!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and don’t forget to give thanks to your loved ones!
- Make sure your turkey is thawed. Please note that a frozen turkey needs two days to thaw because you need to thaw it in the fridge. If you have less than 48 hours, don’t try to thaw it using room temperature, you will get sick. Instead, submerge the turkey in cold water and change the water every 1-2 hours. With this method, you should be able to safely thaw the turkey in one day.
- When you are ready to start, pull your turkey out of the fridge, as it needs to be in room temperature for 30 minutes.
- During this 30 minutes, make your mushroom stuffing. Half of the stuffing will be used for stuffing the turkey and set the other half aside.
- Now start preparing the turkey.
- Once you put your turkey in the oven, don’t forget to set your timer at 45 mins before you have to check on it.
- Start preparing the Tomatoes Basil Mozzarella Salad.
- Once you finished preparing your salad, don’t forget to chill it in the fridge until you are ready to eat.
- Peel & Cut your potatoes and set it aside in cold water. The cold water will keep them from turning brown.
- After you brush your turkey for the 4th time, start making your mashed potatoes.
- Once your turkey is done, pull it out and let it rest. Raise the oven temperature back to 400 degree and bake your other half of the stuffing.
- Meanwhile, make your gravy with the drippings.
- The trick to gravy is in the amount of drippings. The more you have the less chicken broth you will need. The white wine is to get all of the drippings off the pan. If you have a good amount of drippings and your pan is quite clean, there is no need for the wine. What you do in that case is to pour the drippings into a bowl over a sieve, skim the fat and pour it back into a small saucepan and follow step 3 and 4. If you desire more gravy follow step 5 and add chicken broth accordingly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Please Note: If you have leftover turkey and are planning to use them for the rest of the week’s recipes, please remove all bones and pack each portion individually and freeze them for best results.