Andy and I started our own Thanksgiving tradition a few years ago and have really enjoyed it. Andy takes the week of Thanksgiving off for a staycation. We watch movies at home, usually go to see a movie in the theater and work on some projects around the house. It's relaxing and fun and we both enjoy the time away from everyday stress. One of the best things about our Turkey Staycation is that we have our Thanksgiving dinner early in the week and get to enjoy it for the time we are home together. It's less cooking over all for me too heh.
Today is our feast and the turkey is in the oven. I will post pictures of the finished product later.
This is the best and easiest way to make a mouthwatering, moist, people knocking down your door (you know who you are) to get more turkey:
Thaw, rinse and pat dry the turkey you wish to cook. Take a knife and very gently separate the skin from the breast and body. Place pats of unsalted butter under the skin with the following:
dried bay leaves
Then rub the top of the turkey with unsalted butter
In the cavity of the turkey:
fresh cracked pepper
ground sea salt
a few sprigs of parsley
2 - 3 green onions
2 small stalks of celery
In the turkey pan lay a couple of carrots, stalks of celery and a cut up onion and then place the turkey on top of these. This will help to make very savory drippings for the gravy.
Cover lightly with foil and bake at 325F for the proper time for the weight of your bird. Baste occasionally.
Im quite squeamish and toss all the "stuff" that comes inside the turkey. We won't discuss this anymore as Im starting to gag at the thought!