It was a big day for MoTiff and we basically starting cooking as soon as we woke up! Mohit even made a chef's hat for me and here I am waving some celery at the turkey for some reason.
We cut the turkey into parts before cooking it because white (breast) meat cooks faster than dark (thigh) meat (160F vs 175F) and this is the simplest way to control the process - this worked well although the cutting part was pretty hard (good work Mohit!). We cooked it for 2 hours at 275 (turned the breast upside down after an hour) and then, after a 30 minute rest, put it back in the oven at 500 for 15 more minutes to make the skin nice and crispy! Here was the finished product:
And here was the final lineup:
From front to back - pecan pie, cranberry sauce, copper pennies, turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole. And this is what it looked like on a plate:
My parents were visiting and they also helped with a lot of the cooking, especially my dad!! We took some group photos somewhere around here, but due to equipment malfunction (or maybe user error) we don't actually have those photos... but we do have a photo of the end of the meal, featuring pumpkin pie in the foreground and pecan pie in the background.
And then we fell into a delicious food coma. :) Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!