As relatively new to the Canadian living and habits I finally decided that I will celebrate Thanksgiving.
Introducing to you my first ever delicious, juicy oven roasted turkey in a Le Creuset dish given from colleagues for my wedding.
Since my family is far away and we recently started our own family, I decided to start the Thanksgiving tradition in our family as well. Therefore I decided invite for dinner close to us friends and bought a 10 lbs turkey that was more than enough taking under consideration the fact that only two people at the table ate meat (which I didn’t know).
I also purchased fresh celery, onions, carrots, sweet red peppers, orange, apple, and of course the must have Thanksgiving spices such as sage, thyme, and rosemary. I chopped up everything, spiced it up with salt, pepper and olive oil and placed in the Le Creuset dish.
I separated the whole turkey into pieces which was a bit scary for me. It looked like a huge bloody project but it was not in fact. I watched this Youtube video and following the instructions, the turkey was separated into breast, back, and legs. All the internal organs that were placed in a bag I threw away.
I also used some broth made from cooked vegetables such as onions, garlic, potatoes, pumpkin, carrots. You may also use some of the broth of a soup you are planning on making for that same night dinner.
After I cleaned and washed the turkey breast, I placed it on top of the veggies in the baking dish. I pressed it well so that the turkey breast doesn’t touch the dishes top.
I seasoned the turkey by rubbing onto it the thyme, rosemary, sage, black pepper, salt and poured over a bit of olive oil.
I covered it up with the Le Ceruset lid and placed in the oven for 45 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
After 45 minutes, I poured some of the additional vegetable broth and cooked it with the open lid for 45 more minutes at 350 degrees. After that I took it out and let it sit covered for about half hour. Right before the actual turkey time, I put it back in the oven for about 5 minutes on broil to achieve that golden brown crispy skin.
I served with baked potatoes, green beans, and mushrooms.
The leftovers were also great – I had them for lunch today. How was your Thanksgiving? Was it your first time ever? How do you feel about adopting holidays that are not your own?