We celebrated our Thanksgiving on Oct 11, we had 20 family members come in from out of town and stay the weekend. I did my best to prep ahead of time since I like to enjoy my company and not be stuck in the kitchen all day. The day before I made a Tiramisu cake, peeled and diced, beets, butternut squash, 10 lbs of potaotes, celery sticks, cauliflower.
Here was my menu:
Veggie platter and ranch dip
Hummus dip & crackers
Stuffed & deboned 18lb turkey
Tortellini Al Forno
Roasted butternut squash & beets
French green beans
Veggies & Ranch Dip Hummus & Crackers
Cheese Platter Stuffed Deboned Turkey
Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet Upside-down Tiramisu Cake
(I flip it out onto a cake plate before serving, it’s 2 layered dome shaped )
This is my pretty kitty named Miss Pearl, she’s just 3 months old and is begging for a piece of turkey.
Saturday October 11, 2014 I will be hosting my 2nd family thanksgiving dinner for 20 people. It all started last year since my parents & sibling & my husbands parents and siblings all live out of town from us and we are in the middle of everyone. We decided it would be a great way for all of us to get together one last time before the ugly snow arrives. Last year went really well, food turned out good and even though I vowed not to make turkey this year since there was way too much leftovers that we ate for a week 😦
Well guess what!!! I’m making turkey again this year…hahaha but I’m going to do it differently. Ever since I was a little girl my mom would make deboned stuffed whole chicken for very special occasions and it was always delicious. So for this Thanksgiving I’m going to do my best and debone and stuff a whole turkey. I have only ever deboned a few chickens over the years so this will be interesting to do. I bought a 18 pound fresh turkey that I deboned and froze, then defrost and stuff with my stuffing (Italian sausage, veggies, rice, stuffing)
I found a website of a butcher who’s shown step-by-step on how to debone a turkey, so if any of you would like to give it a try for your Thanksgiving dinner. Trust me when I say it’s a memorable dish to serve to your guests, since when it’s stuffed with your favorite stuffing and roasted to perfection, then sliced with an electric knife for even sliced turkey with stuffing, you’re guests will have seconds and possible thirds, which will leave you with very little leftovers…heehee 🙂
Below is a step-by-step on how to debone a turkey.
This is the back of the turkey, once stuffed and sewn & closed, I will turn the turkey over breasts facing up.
(use a very sharp knife but be careful since I almost lost a finger in the process, the bones are much harder than a chicken so you’ll really have to put some muscle into it.)
Below is a picture of a deboned stuffed turkey before it goes in the oven.
Stay tuned for pictures of my Thanksgiving turkey dinner. 🙂