Here is our time capsule oven in the 1960's ranch house that we are renting.
So I was happy to find this recipe in this magazine for a space-saving bird. When I bought my free-range organic turkey yesterday I batted my eyelashes kindly or possibly weirdly and begged the butcher to please "butterfly my turkey". Before this recipe I didn't even know such a maneuver existed for a turkey. And if the butcher had said no I would have panicked because I certainly don't know how to butterfly one on my own. I wouldn't know where to begin. But he did say yes (after exaggerating to him that my oven is literally the size of a single brick) and I'll be giving thanks to him tomorrow at the dinner table when we sing our blessing.
I'm still not certain that the turkey will fit in the small oven so our back up plan is to BBQ the bird. It's suppose to be 65f tomorrow which still qualifies as BBQ weather in my book. The recipe even includes instructions for cooking it on the grill. Either way we should be covered.
I finally sat down with magazines and cookbooks last night to create this menu.
Appetizer: Hot artichoke spinach dip (Food Network Magazine pg 80) with homemade tortilla chips.
- Crispy cornbread (pg 142 Country Living Magazine)
- Lemon glazed sweet potatoes (pg 142 Country Living Magazine)
- Pimento-cheese potato gratin (pg 143 Country Living Magazine)
- BBQ Brussels Sprouts (covering them in olive oil, murray river salt & pepper)
- Cranberry Sauce (Martha Stewart Cookbook pg 274)
- Butterflied Turkey w/apple cranberry glaze (pg 155 Food Network Magazine)
Desert: Wholefoods Gluten Free Crust with Martha Stewart Pumpkin Pie filling (pg 490)
Beverage: wine, organic sparkling apple juice & TJ's sparkling blood orange juice.
I don't tend to stick to a traditional menu that we follow every single year. I mix it up, change it around and above all try to make sure that everything is packed full of flavor. The entire menu of course is gluten free. We'll be cooking all day but it's what we love to do. Blessings on your Thanksgiving (or happy Thursday to everyone not celebrating).