Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Trouble I've Seen

Some of you may appreciate the subtlety of this one:

My job is keeping
Faces clean
And nobody knows
De stubble I’ve seen
Burma Shave

Well, it worked.  Spatchcocking my turkey was a super idea.  Here’s a picture of him before being coated with olive oil and sprinkled with Nantucket Off-Shore Holiday Turkey Rub.
The butcher removed not just his entire spine, but his sternum as well, so he was pretty floppy.  I took a rimmed cookie sheet, covered the with stuffing, then put a cooling rack on top of that – I saw the directions online – and draped him on that.  It made a mess of my oven, of course.  Here’s another photo after he came out of the oven.
For some reason, one leg was drawn up as he cooked.  He was roasted at 450 degrees for 90 minutes and came out a dark, shiny brown, very juicy and tender, the skin delectably crisp.  I think I will roast all future turkeys this way, despite the messy oven.

Things are kind of quiet around our place at present.  I’ve got only some final polishing to do on the synopsis of Ebenzer’s Christmas Yarn – it’s getting pretty long for a synopsis, but the story’s complex and it’s helping me capture the details.  I’ve gone from two to three suspects now – and coming up on the outside maybe a fourth!


Linda O. Johnston said...

That sounds like a very creative way to cook a turkey, Monica!

Monica Ferris said...

I don't remember where I first found the link to roasting a turkey this way, but I'm sure glad I did!

Betty Hechtman said...

How nice that it turned out as advertised. So much better than having to cook it for hours.

It always takes me a long time to do a synopsis, too. But in the end it makes writing the book easier.