Yesterday we cooked the 18lb turkey.
In fact, we made an entire dinner. Kate from Ohio was visiting and JonAbad and I have had a hampering for a giant cook-off, so it only seemed natural for us to assault the turkey that had quietly been taking residence in our freezer for the past four months.
Our fatal flaw came with the gravy.
I didn’t want to follow Fanny Farmer’s advice (in retrospect… this was exceptionally stupid) so instead we just used the fat and juices that came off the turkey… added some cream and flour and poured it on top of our dinners.
it was terrible. Fatty burned residue that is still able to foil my mouth with unfortunate tastes after two teeth brushings, flossings, and flourides.
Thankfully, the rest of the dinner came out great. Including two pumpkin pies, greenbeans up the wazoo, stuffing, biscuits, mashed potatos (curtosy of the Kitchen aid), and of course tons of meat.
So, if you’re in the area and find yourself aching for some turkey, stop on by the House of Rock.
Mike D’s rockclimbing food ratings:
Turkey: 5.8+ it was a little dry since we kept it in the oven post-cooking to keep it warm
Mashed Potatos: 5.10-
Green Beans: 5.6
Turkey: Time was the only tough part here 5.5
Mashed Potatos: Kitchen Aid? no prob. 5.5
Baking powder Biscuits: 5.7
Gravy: How the heck are you suppose to make good gravy? 5.11d
Green Beans: 5.6. we used the frozen variety.