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Monday, May 20, 2013

I'm Fine

Turkey dinner turned out wonderfully!  We ate him Saturday night with some amazing friends. I cooked him three different ways.

First was half a breast, soaked overnight in apple juice; I brine all my turkey in apple juice. lightly salted, slices of peaches, that had been soaking in white wine. Wrapped tightly in tin foil and cooked in a rotisserie basket over a camp fire for two hours.  

Second half breast was also wrapped on tin foil, in a rotisserie, over an open camp fire for two hours. But was seasoned with several types of dried peppers, sweet, mild, warm, hot and peppercorns. With some butter, lemon slices and green beans.

Third was the dark meat. I thought long and hard about how to make dark meat spring-like in flavor. This isn't easy, dark meat compliments fall and winter favors. So I used my Dutch oven, buried in the coals of the camp fire to cook it. I cut the meat into bite sized pieces, layered with Italian sausage. On top of that I placed white rice and mushrooms. I poured some red onion soup over the entire mess, and threw several hands full of spinach on the top. I cooked it for an hour in the coals, removed it, and allowed it to finish off fire, I forgot the sprinkling of a hefty serving of white cheese, asiago, over the top to melt before eatin' time. 

We had a great time hanging out and talking. Had Large's girlfriend's mother over as well.

Sunday as Husband and I lounged about, storms popped up. We had an EF-1 (so a small one) hit a few miles south of us. We merely enjoyed the thunder that shook the house and the rain that plummeted down. We are informed that tonight should be worse. I don't mind too much, as long as no one gets hurt. I will enjoy my last Kansas storm season with zest! 


HermitJim said...

The turkey sounds really good! Wish I had some right now!

Glad to hear the dinner went off without a hitch!

Sandy Livesay said...


Sounds like your turkey was totally delicious no matter which recipe you ate. I'm eating a salad while reading your post and I'm drooling, lol....

Glad to hear you and yours are okay, we had destruction down this way. Our place made it though okay with just damage on the property, those just east of us didn't luck out. More coming this afternoon, hold on.

Practical Parsimony said...

The apple juice marinade sounds interesting. I will be having a rather plain chunk of turkey breast chopped on a salad for dinner tonight. The breast halves last me two weeks. A friend gets all the dark meat.

I am amazed AL has not had more tornadoes this season. Our town is a tornado magnet and I live in Dixie Alley.

Phelan said...

The apple juice helps tenderize any chewy pieces, helps it retain moisture while cooking, and there is no apple or sweet taste with the meat. Amazing stuff.

Unknown said...

So glad ya'll are ok. I was thinking about ya last night. We had the same thing here. Lots of thunder and a little smattering of rain. My "rainshadow" is doing it's job! LOL!

Jederah said...

Glad to hear you're ok..looks like you have some spammers in the comments though

macbew said...

I'm glad you're alright, fingers crossed for tonight that everything stays far enough away. The green didn't taste different(or texture)?

Phelan said...

Glad your neck of the woods was ok sci.

Stephanie, ugh, at least it was only a couple. It's been getting worse lately. I hate to block anonymous commenters, because I have several long time readers that comment that way. Gets a bit frustrating.

Macbew, the green was cut out. And not as big as the one pictured. I didn't see a change in the rest of the meat. All the storms missed us last night. Thankfully.

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