Sunday, December 02, 2007

fryin' high

did i tell you all we deep-fried a turkey for thanksgiving? it seems like so long ago now, but it was only the other day that i found a recipe for leftover mashed potatoes, of which i had a ton left. the resulting dish of leftover mashed potatoes was delicious, but horribly unhealthy -- sort-of like a twice-baked potato with cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions, but without all that pesky scooping. i ate a portion and then threw the rest away. and as much as i hate to waste food, it was probably for the best.

but the turkey. y'know, i'm not really a meat eater, but i love me a good turkey sammich. father took the leftover turkey and carcass to make soup, his thanksgiving tradition, so the only turkey i had was on the day itself. i'm a white meat kinda gal so i was hoping that the deep frying would seal in the moisture. it sure did! i don't eat the skin (ick!) but even so it was noticeably better than an oven-cooked turkey. i'm not sure we'd fry a turkey again (hello 4 gallons of peanut oil!) but the results were good and the time it took to cook a 13 pound bird can't be beat -- about 40 minutes! i'm happy to report we had no burns or 325 degree oil bubbling over or other horror stories that seem to be heard this time of year.

we're good like that.


  1. This year was the first time I've ever eaten a fried turkey. I grew up eating the baked variety--the wake-up-at-5am variety--but I'll admit that the fried version was good. As with all fried food, I felt guilty after but you know...

  2. Beware, deep-frying can turn into an addiction. My parents had a Fry Daddy and I used to fry EVERYTHING. Homemade french fries, fried ice cream, etc... Before you know it, you'll start deep-frying snickers bars and oreos. Make sure to invite me over when you do!

  3. Deep fried turkey is so yummy! Although I do prefer the traditional baked turkey w/stuffing!

    Those twice baked tatos sound good too!!

  4. We decided after trying this last year that we would only eat fried turkey on Thanksgiving. People actually enjoyed the turkey as opposed to leaving most of it behind like in year's past. Welcome to southern cooking!