Fry your turkey this Christmas... seriously
A southern twist to the traditional turkey dinner
It’s our tradition to have Christmas dinner with family. We even call this the best meal of the year. Everyone has an assigned dish to compliment the perfect fried turkey.
We are blessed to have a table full of great food that we will share. Stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce (whole berries), vegetables such as carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnips and some of the best mac and cheese you have ever had.
Let’s not forget the decadent desserts: pumpkin pie, dirt cake and the traditional Christmas cake served with Wensleydale cheese.
Most of what we have for Christmas would be considered traditional. However lots of people will say the best way to cook a turkey is to roast it, as it’s the traditional way.
I’m going to let you in on a little southern secret. Fry your turkey. It will change your life. First select your Christmas bird. Go big so you will have some leftovers. You will need them over the next few days. The first step is to give it a good brine. Let your bird soak for about 10 to 12 hours. After your turkey has relaxed in the bath, take it out and pat dry. We all know a good turkey needs its rest. Now this is where we get creative.
Some people like to inject butter and other flavoring under the skin. I like to keep it simple. No injection for me just a simple spice rub making sure to cover it well including the inside cavity. Let it rest for about 30 minutes. Now after checking the temperature of your peanut oil (350f or 175c for those in the UK), I know you could use less expensive soybean oil, but don’t cut corners now. The peanut oil adds a layer of flavor and holds up well when you’re cooking multiple turkeys. This is important because once you perfect your turkey frying skills, all your friends will be asking you to cook theirs.
Just think of all the time you will save cooking your turkey this year. Roasted turkey takes almost 2 hours, fried turkey 30 to 40 minutes. Now I hope you give this a try and start a new tradition this year. Fry your turkey. This could be the best Christmas bird you have ever had.