Thanksgiving: A Dickens tale

Special to AmNews | , Kysha Harris | 11/21/2012, 2:20 p.m.

Brush the turkey with olive oil, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Remove 1 tablespoon of thyme leaves from the stems, chop them and sprinkle on the turkey.

Roast the turkey for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until an instant-read thermometer placed in the center of the breast registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want the skin to be crisp, don't baste the turkey at all! About halfway through, when the breast is golden brown, cover the breast loosely with aluminum foil to prevent the skin from burning.

Remove from the oven, cover tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Carve and serve with the pan juices.

Now it's just before dawn and you hear the ringtone of the Ghost of Recipes Future, "...domo arigato, Mr. Roboto..." and you're thinking, "What does she have to tell me?!"

She comes with reams of leftover recipes for the day after. Recipes like turkey salad using chopped red onion, celery, good mayo and dried cranberries and seasoned with fresh rosemary and salt and pepper.

How about turkey hash? Lightly brown1/2-inch cubes of potato and yellow onion in olive oil and creole seasoning. When cooked, add diced leftover turkey until warmed through. Finish with an egg or two over-easy on top and some chopped scallions.

As you arise the next morning faintly hearing the last of the ghost's ream of recipes, "...and keep that turkey carcass to make a great stock or soup," you realize you have a loose plan. You might have to throw in some sides, like oven roasted Brussels sprouts, some cheesy mac and cheese with Gruyere, cheddar and mascarpone, and sweet maple baked yams. Relief.

These ghosts departed without leaving a book...

Only shouting, "Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all, GO COOK!"

Enjoy, get cooking and thanks for reading!

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