Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Totally Toasted Turkey...

ABC Wednesday...It's a T!

I swore I wouldn't share this pic that someone else, and certainly not me took of our Thanksgiving deep-fried turkey. To say it was a failure would be the turkey. Above is our bird just after GB walked into the house, holding up a black blob, proclaiming: "Houston! We've got a problem!"
As you know, we've been armed with many new outdoor cooking apparatuses of late. But I failed to mention that one of these is a turkey deep fryer. Little did we know just how bad our last deep fryer had become. It just wasn't getting that hot. Of our new one, as GB said, "that sucker went from 350º to 495º in just a matter of seconds!" OK, it probably was a matter of minutes, as wine was involved.

But, as we discovered, even out of something presumably terrible, something tremendous can happen. Though the legs disintegrated when merely touched, the breast meat was actually quite good. Next year we'll try harder, because if this baby is deep fried correctly, the skin and meat are to die for!
These old Turkey Birds? No deep fryers for them!

expect anything!


  1. Yup, I'd say that bird overheated during re-entry. Isn't charcoal supposed to be a digestive aid?

  2. I'm laughing my socks off here at your photo of that charred bird.
    Reminds me of the bird in National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation."
    THANK YOU so much for sharing the photo and giving me my first laugh of the day.

    Bear((( )))

  3. I applaud your chutzpah at showing the bird - I would have been so embarassed that it would have gone straight to the trash never to be seen again. Instead, you have preserved it for posterity. You brave woman.

    Oops, I forgot that you work with children in Nurse N's office, somehow your profession makes you braver than I thought.

    PS - I told NN last night that you are looking to taste the nut roll. She didn't seem surprised!

  4. When I saw this photo on the Anthology page, I just had to visit! My husband has been deep-frying our Thanksgiving turkey for several years now, and we have had our share of disasters, too, from very late dinners to a turkey last year that looked much like this one. This year I think he achieved perfection, though.

    You're right, when done right, the meat is delicious. Thanks for the chuckle this morning and the knowledge I'm not alone in Thanksgiving disasters:)

  5. this is hysterical. I'm glad you decided to post what really takes place in homes across America on Thanksgiving! the meat looks fine anyway.
    ; )

  6. Isn't "blackened" meat quite popular right now?? This is a very funny post and I'm still laughing :-)

  7. Oh my. What a shame. You're right - deep fried turkey is to die for. Though I won't do it, as my MIL has had the fire department come to her house twice while attempting to deep fry them.

    I dreamed about you last night - or someone with your name. Just because of your comment on my blog yesterday. You were about 20 years old. Dreams are bizarre creatures, aren't they?

  8. Oh what a shock that must have been. I've eaten deep fried turkey once and you are right, it is really tasty. I bet those other turkeys are getting ready to hide before Christmas arrives. I invite you to come see my T is for Telescopes post.

  9. I love deep fried turkey ... it's all we have anymore. My husband has Georgia roots and doesn't believe there is any other way to have turkey.

    And I was very glad to see that the old turkey birds aren't in deep frying danger!

  10. Totally toast...too much....I'm glad you could rescue some of it. I love deep fried turkey but thats a bit too much charcoal for me..LOL

  11. Oh my! You always bring the smiles for me! I just love getting to your blog to see what's happening!

  12. OMGosh, I'm so sorry - but I'm glad you were able to salvage at least part of it. There's always next year! lol

  13. We have deep fried a turkey quite a few times and you are right....they are wonderful. However, I leave all that business up to the farmer. If I deep fried it I know that it would look much like your photos. Glad you could salvage some of the meat.

  14. Oh my! That looks worse than my melted plastic bowl of stuffing that I had forgotten in the oven one year - and preheated.

  15. Annie: Would you say that bird was on the well done side. It gives a whole new meaning to the words DARK MEAT. LOL


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