Delicious Thanksgiving Turkey
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Our thanksgiving turkey dinner was incredible this year

Whether you celebrate the European Erntedankfest on October 4, the Canadian thanksgiving on October 13 or the American Thanksgiving on November 25 this is a great roast turkey you can make for your family and friends Thanksgiving celebration. We want you to experience all the sensational tastes with your celebration. Every mouthful left me savoring it as if time was standing still. There are lots of different trimmings and side dishes you can add to this thanksgiving turkey, stock and gravy. Keep in mind cooking a turkey will take a good 5 to 6 hours of your time. This really is a great tasting meal and the fellowship with others while sharing your food is completely worth it.

The most important part of your thanksgiving dinner is the turkey. Check our other pages for some different options for great tasting side dishes to have with your turkey to make this thanksgiving dinner awesome.

Your family and friends will love coming over to give thanks to God for the many blessings we have all received. We were so glad when we didn't have to rely on Mother to cook our turkey dinner anymore and felt so successful at cooking our own turkey dinner. Have fun, and have a wonderful thanksgiving dinner with your family and friends.

Main Course: Turkey & Stuffing
Materials List
- Aluminum foil
- Roasting pan with wire rack
- Baster
The aluminum foil keeps the breast meat moist and the baster glazes the skin to a deep rich color. Preheat oven at 175 C (350 F). Roasting a turkey will take 4-5 hours, with basting every 1/2 hour.
Preparing a 5-6 kg (11-13lb) Turkey (with giblets)
  1. Remove the giblets bag
  2. Rinse turkey with water inside and out
  3. Pat dry inside and out
Turkey Stuffing
Ingredients List
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 1/2 cups chopped onions
- 2 cups chopped celery(or 1 cup celery & 1 cup fennel)
- 4 tsp dry sage
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp majoran
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 14 cups whole wheat bread cut in cubes
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley(or 3 Tbsp frozen parsley)
The Stuffing
  1. Melt butter in large stove pan over medium heat
  2. Add next 8 ingredients & cook 10-15 min or until tender
  3. Combine bread, parsley and the pan mixture in a large mixing bowl
  4. Stuff neck opening and body cavity
  5. Tie legs together with kitchen string
  6. Pour 2 cups water in roasting pan
  7. Place stuffed turkey on rack in roasting pan
For a great 'Gluten Free' stuffing alternative, try 8-10 cups peeled and chopped apples instead of bread.

Final Turkey Step: Preparing To Cook
Ingredients List
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Cooking The Turkey
  1. Cream the butter with a fork or a hand mixer
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix
  3. Generously rub this mixture over the whole turkey
  4. Cover turkey with aluminum foil(dull side out, sides open)
  5. Roast in oven covered for 4 hours basting every 1/2 hour
  6. Uncover, cook 1 more hour (continue basting each 1/2 hour)
  7. Remove and transfer turkey to large cutting board
  8. Cover loosely with aluminum foil for 30 minutes
  9. Transfer stuffing to a bowl and cover to keep warm
  10. Carve turkey as desired
Turkey Stock
Ingredients List
- 6 cups water
- 2 Tbsp chicken bouillon (or 2 cubes)
- 1 chopped onion
- 1/2 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- the giblets
Making The 'Stock'
  1. Combine all ingredients into a pot and bring to boil
  2. Reduce heat to low & skim off fat
  3. Let simmer for 3 hours
  4. Add water as needed to keep 4 cups of stock
  5. Remove, strain, and set aside
Great Gravy
Ingredients List
- 1/4 all purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 pinch salt (1/8tsp or as needed)
- 1 pinch black pepper (1/8tsp or as needed)
Making The 'Gravy'
  1. Melt butter in pot on stove top at medium heat
  2. Add flour to butter and whisk
  3. Add all basting juices and continue to whisk
  4. As sauce thickens, add stock to thin gravy as needed
  5. Add salt and pepper for taste
  6. Cover and remove gravy from heat

Serve and enjoy your thanksgiving turkey, the stuffing and the gravy for your next turkey dinner. What a great opportunity to start and build your own family traditions celebrating together. Have a great thanksgiving.

Details For Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Serving Totals: serves 10-15
Cooking Time: 5 hours
The Leftovers: 5-6 Lunches

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