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Monday, April 13, 2009

I Finally Did It! I Got Too Big A Bird...



We had a roast turkey for Easter. Every time I get a turkey, I seem to go a little larger- bigger is better, right? Wrong! At 22lbs, it caused problems... I had to use a different pot to brine it in, it barely fit in a double lasagna pan, took up the whole oven, and even after I made every guest take some home, I have leftover turkey up the wazoo.. Remember that commercial where the woman is wrestling her turkey all over the kitchen, finally turkey slips goes flying out the window, knocking a guy flat? That was sort of what I looked like Sunday... It was tasty, and pretty moist, but a smaller bird would have been better..
The dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and bean casserole were good. The spice cake never got cut- everybody too full! That little gizmo next to the cake is sometimes called a Brulee torch- a small torch, with an adjustable flame which can be used to smooth out frostings, glazes, and of course finish the top of brulees..
By the time I get a meal like that done, I'm usually not even hungry!
Hope you all had good ones!

31 comments:

Akelamalu said...

That's a monster turkey! LOL

Akelamalu said...

PS we did go out and I had Lasagne!

Bina said...

That turkey looks so good!!! I would have taken lots of that home. I love turkey, stuffing and cransberry sauce. I could eat it all day long!

Sornie said...

There is no such thing as a turkey which is too big. You need to do some holiday meal training to prepare your stomach for feasts. I spent three days gearing up for the big day and still had energy to give the nephews horsey rides.

K said...

I'm a bit intimidated by turkey. I definitely not ready for one that size etc.

The meal sounds good.

buffalodick said...

Ake- Looking for new leftover turkey recipes this afternoon!
Bina- Never any stuffing left- I guess I make a pretty good one..
Sornie- You're also my kid's age!
K- Turkey easy! When it's the size of Rodan.... not so much!

Jen said...

So you're saying bigger isn't always better? Learn something new every day ; )

buffalodick said...

Jen- You'd better! You are still young!

G-Man said...

Send me a wing Buff...:-)

buffalodick said...

G-Man- Tonight, truck driver specials, turkey simmered in gravy, over mashed potatoes or toast...

Hit 40 said...

22 pounds is big. So, you are saying that bigger is not better? I think many of us would disagree - bigger is better. With a screen name like buffalodick, how could you just wave that one in front of us?

Just telling it like it is said...

Well they always say go big or go home...Happy Easter to you and your family...

Chef E said...

That turkey looks awesome...wish I had some breast about now...yeah I swing now and then, and like my breast big :)

I have to put mashed potatoes on my menu this week, darn it!

buffalodick said...

Hit 40- Turkeys and other wild beasts can not be compared like that! Thanks for thinking dirty!!!!!!
Just- Hoping yours was good!
Chef- Big breasts are a good thing-never said they weren't!

HalfCrazy said...

I still want to eat your Turkey anyway. The one you prepared LOL.

I don't like the fact I wasn't there to taste all the good stuff you mentioned in your posts LOL. The drama of living in the Eastern side of the world!

CDB said...

You can send the spice cake over here! (REally!)
Got a nice lil' 7-pounder (turkey) today, Easter sale, 99c per pound!!

Donna-FFW said...

OOOOHHH.. spice cake yum.. frosted? Bigger is better if and only if it is used in the proper fashion.

Anette said...

Thats one big bird!! More than 10 kg!! (wow)
How long did it stay in the oven?
You know how to take care of your family and feed them well!

Helene (the Artist Formerly Known as Kate) said...

wow big bird!
I could go for a leftover plate please!

Belle said...

Good for you! Traditionally I have always done a leg of lamb.

buffalodick said...

HalfC- I could have used more guests!
CDB- It really turned out well- the spice cake, that is..
Donna- I can overkill anything! I know, I've seen me do it!
Anette- 4-1/2 hrs., unstuffed at 320F, stood for 20 min. before carving..
Helene- It was a plump bird, but not enough people to eat it!
Belle- Got a big leg of lamb waiting to be smoked...Love that stuff!

JihadGene said...

Went out for Chinese. Asparagus and Kim Jong Il...I mean, shrimp!

buffalodick said...

I get the Shrimp's short ribs! Got a heck of a sauce....

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

That's enormous!!!!
Everything sounds to die for and spice cake?????? Can I come over to your house for dinner??

Steady On
Reggie Girl

buffalodick said...

MMM&R-Welcome to blog- we could have used more people that day!

Jeanne said...

Back when Old Dog's family used to gather for holidays, before his mom's stroke, I made a 22-lb turkey. On top of all the issues you mention, it was freaking HEAVY to wrestle out of the oven at 165 degrees and surrounded by boiling grease.

MarmiteToasty said...

Visions now of your monster turkey stuck on your head like in the MrBean sketch lol

x

Marjie said...

Good thing I have 2 ovens. I do 2 turkeys, about 20 pounds each, for Thanksgiving every year. Leftovers never last until Sunday. My world is never short of people to eat food!

Lyndsay said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday (even if we did just confuse you ...). It is nice to "see" a fellow Michigander!

Lulda Casadaga said...

Well, at least you can have more leftovers! :)
My hubby cooked us a delicious pot roast...along with green beans and potatos. I made a Yorkshire pudding but it didn't come out to great...how do you get it to be puffy?

buffalodick said...

Jeanne- You know what I'm talking about... Thrown in the on lookers doing nothing in a corridor style kitchen....
Marmy- I've seen that comedy bit- it would apply!
Marjie- I have a double oven, so the stuffing and casserole all got done on time!
Lulda- I have never made that pudding in my life- I'd like to know too!