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PREPARE AHEAD TURKEY

20131022-222440.jpgHere’s an idea for those of you like me, with way too much to do and too little time to do it.  Cook your turkey the day ahead!

I’ve been toying with this idea for a bit and finally mentioned it to a friend who in turn told me many people do this successfully!  I looked into it and it sounded good to me and I do love experimenting, so I thought I’d give it a go!  I mean really, what could possibly go wrong?

Well, I did it and it turned out fabulous!!!  Here’s what I did.

I decided not to stuff the bird and cook my stuffing on the stove, (another first!)  I wanted to try Quinoa as a stuffing so I made a Quinoa and Wild Rice Stuffing (which I posted earlier).

I washed and seasoned my Turkey with Sea Salt and Pepper and a bit of Savoury, inside and out and threw it in the oven.  It cooked a bit faster because it had no stuffing.

When it was done, I let it sit for about 1/2 hour or so, till it cooled down enough to handle it, and then proceeded to remove the legs, then wings then finally the breasts, nice and whole.  I removed the dark meat from the bones and then sliced the breasts in nice thick pieces.  Removing any fat and slimy stuff!

I arranged the meat in an oven proof serving dish and poured some drippings all over the white meat and a bit on the dark.

I let everything cool down, wrapped the dish with aluminum foil and put it in the fridge!

I then made Turkey soup out if the bones.  I put the rest of the Turkey drippings in a saucepan and put that in the fridge.  The next day I added a little broth from my soup  to make the most delicious gravy!

I was also able to make two vegetable dishes the same day, that would all get heated up together in a 350 degree oven for about 1/2 hour to 45 min.

Everything came out of the oven nice and hot, the aroma filling the air and the Turkey as moist as if it was cooked the same day!

It was definitely a triumph for me and something I will not be afraid to do again!

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About Angie's Food Adventures

I thought I could cook in my early twenties, then I found out that Mac and Cheese and Ham Steaks wasn't really cooking. Then I met some vegetarians and tried that for a while. Learned a lot. In my thirties I started craving my Italian roots so I started really paying attention to family recipes. By the time I was 40 I had gained about 20 lbs and had my first gallbladder attack. Note to self: simple carbs are not for me! That's when my journey into healthy eating began. Since then, I've read and researched and read....I've tried a lot of diets and lifestyles and I can honestly say, I've finally established my own way of cooking and preparing food that agrees with me, still keeping to my roots and beyond!

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