Thanksgiving was a little different this year for most of us. Instead of going out, we stayed at home; we had one neighbor who lives in the building join us. We knew she was safe, and we consider her in our pod. I thought we were going to order food, but it ended up that my husband got some free food from work, which helped out a lot. So, I cooked a turkey. I ended up dry brining the turkey for a few days, but I started it when it was frozen. When I took the turkey out of the fridge on Thanksgiving morning, it was still frozen!!!! Luckily, I woke up at 7 am that morning, just out of habit. I decided that I would put it in the oven and cook it low and slow.
I’m not sure if I’ve told you about my Meater, it’s the most amazing device. It’s a thermometer that I put in the meat, and then you program it to cook to a certain doneness or temperature. Then it tells you how long you have to cook it, and it will notify you when it should come out of the oven.
I ended up cooking the turkey from about 8am to 2ish. I cooked it low and slow but turned it up a little bit towards the end. I just wanted to make sure that it came out, not raw. I didn’t want a turkey gate 2020. But, the dry brine came out beautifully; I may do it that way from now on.
While the bird was cooking, I prepped everything else. We decided to make this easy since I was the only one cooking. The mac & cheese came from Costco. The stuffing was from a packet, but I added sausage, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and chicken stock. I made the sprouts in the air fryer by just adding some ranch dressing seasoning to them. We got the white yams, which I don’t like, I love the orange sweet potatoes. I tried to air fry the yams, but they just didn’t taste good, so I put them in the food processor and made them mashed yams with cream, butter, and cinnamon. They were delicious. Then I made the gravy with Xanthan gum. I followed this keto recipe, pretty much. I have to say, I was really impressed with how well it thickened things up. I need to explore more recipes using it.
In case you didn’t know, I’m a hypochondriac; any time I have a sore throat, headache, etc., I think I’m dying. I pretty much let myself have what I wanted, except last night, after making the most delicious turkey sandwich with potato bread for lunch, I took my sugar, and it was really high. It was 227, which is awful. I really wanted a piece of apple pie but knew I couldn’t with my sugar that high, and I was hungry. First, I drank a ton of water, and I got it down to 180. Then I ate a plate of turkey and Brussel sprouts with some shrimp, and an hour after that, I was down in the 160’s so I let myself have that piece of apple pie and some ice cream. I haven’t taken my sugar yet this morning, but I know that it will be a little high until I get some water in me.
Yes, this Thanksgiving was different, but I’m a homebody. I prefer a chill time at home, not having to be anywhere, no pressure on when to have food ready. I hope this thanksgiving you were able to embrace the calmness.