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Title: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: Larissa on November 28, 2014, 02:02:57 PM
Eric's been on a quest for the absolute perfect turkey.  He's come close on many occasions, but this year he had unadulterated success.  He's deep fried turkey before (great moisture, good flavor), and he's smoked turkey (excellent flavor, a bit dry)... so this year, he smoked the turkey for about 3 hours and THEN deep fried it for about 45 minutes.

PERFECTION.  It actually ended up not quite as pretty as some birds, because while it had an amazing smoky flavor, it was so moist it was falling apart!

And then after the turkey came out, he put in the stuffing balls to be deep fried also.  Holy crow.

And he made butternut squash soup with butternut squashes we grew.

I was in charge of the sweet potatoes (which I did for the first time, and got 'em right using my mother's very vague & mostly unwritten recipe)!

And... AND... I baked, for the very first time in my life doing it by myself and not as my mom's assistant, my mom's French apple pie... for which she's won first place!  OMG!

And I nailed it perfectly!  Believe it or not, that was more intimidating to me than doing Thomas Keller/Sebastien Rouxel's recipes from the Bouchon Bakery cookbook.  For real.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: Larissa on November 28, 2014, 02:05:52 PM
SO GOOD.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: Larissa on November 28, 2014, 02:06:56 PM
And of course dessert.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: MakinTheBest on December 01, 2014, 03:31:41 PM
I want to try that stuffing since it is my favorite part of the meal and would love to one day try deep frying a turkey.  Looks like you guys hit it out of the park!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: Larissa on December 01, 2014, 03:37:45 PM
Deep frying a turkey is amazing.  I was so skeptical before Eric first did one for us a few years ago, but totally worth it.

And the stuffing balls go in after - they're killer.  I'll find out what he uses other than bread, carrots, and celery, which are obvious in the photos.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: trusk4u on December 02, 2014, 08:07:53 AM
Looks wonderful and very yummy!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: myeuropeantouch on December 02, 2014, 08:09:11 AM
I agree Teresa, I would have liked a taste or two..... ;)
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: Larissa on December 02, 2014, 11:07:28 AM
It was SO GOOD.  The scary thing is that I ate about 3/4 of that pie myself.  At least it's primarily apples, right?
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: myeuropeantouch on December 02, 2014, 11:20:11 AM
 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Yes, apples are good for ya..... ;)
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: Larissa on December 02, 2014, 11:42:11 AM
Exactly!  Or at least that's my story & I'm stickin' to it.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving at the Symbouras House
Post by: trusk4u on December 02, 2014, 03:07:03 PM
Exactly!  Or at least that's my story & I'm stickin' to it.


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