Month: October 2019

Crispy Oven “Fried” Chicken

Crispy Oven “Fried” Chicken

Quick and easy oven baked chicken recipe that is delicious and filling without the deep fryer. You can add whatever spices you prefer. These were the ones my Mom used. Ingredients 2 egg whites fresh ground pepper 2 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup) 1 tsp…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Potatoes

Double the veg, double the fun and all in one pan. Ingredients 2 lbs small Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, outer leaves removed and halved. 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt 2 large sweet potatoes, cut in 1″ dice 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3…

Spatchcocked Turkey with Fresh Rosemary and Lemon Zest Dry Brine

Spatchcocked Turkey with Fresh Rosemary and Lemon Zest Dry Brine

If you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen watching your turkey roast and wringing your hands over whether the breast is going to dry out before the thighs cook through, a spatchcocked, dry brined bird is for you. Spatchcocking just means cutting out the backbone of the bird and then flattening the works (aka butterflying the bird). To do this, you need a pair of good, sharp kitchen shears and for god sake be CAREFUL. The ER is on holiday hours and having to sit in triage instead of snarfing pumpkin pie would totally suck.

I’m not going to go into chapter and verse on why this is the best way to cook a bird. I can tell you it produces a juicy, flavourful bird in about a 1/3 of the time as any other method we’ve tried. If you need further convincing, go read Serious Eats’ treatise, How to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Eastiest Thanksgiving Turkey.

Ingredients

  • 1 14 lb turkey (no reason you couldn’t use a chicken if you wanted to)

Dry Brine

  • 1/2 C Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh rosemary
  • Zest of one whole lemon

Method

  1. Mix the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Pat the turkey dry with paper towel.
  3. Sprinkle the dry brine mixture all over the bird (all surfaces). The bird should be well coated although not encrusted.
  4. You will most likely not need all the salt.
  5. Transfer the bird to a rack set in a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate uncovered for 12 to 24 hours (yes, you read right, uncovered for 12 to 24 hours).

This is how it looks before going into the oven

Spatchcocked turkey

  1. Without rinsing (we did brush off the excess salt), roast the bird omitting additional salting steps in this recipe: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/11/butterfiled-roast-turkey-with-gravy-recipe.html

It’ll take about 80 minutes.

Giblet Gravy Stock

Giblet Gravy Stock

We don’t have any “written in stone” rules for making giblet gravy stock, but this is the one my Mother made for Thanksgiving 2019. Don’t feel like you have to follow the recipe slavishly, it’s just a base. Hate one of the ingredients? Leave it…

Extra Spicy Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Extra Spicy Pumpkin Pecan Pie

The original for this recipe comes from Pumpkin Pecan Crunch Pie a House & Home recipe. However, at our house we use only butter in pie crusts (it’s a taste preference) and we have found that most recipes under-spice the pie filling (no wimpy pumpkin…

Cranberry Orange Sauce with Port

Cranberry Orange Sauce with Port

Cranberry orange sauce with a hit of port is the perfect compliment to juicy turkey. This recipe for cranberry orange sauce is quick, easy, and can be made the day before. In fact, it’s better if you do make it the day before to let the flavours blend.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag fresh cranberries (you can use frozen in a pinch)
  • 1/2 C white sugar
  • 3/4 C port
  • Zest and juice of one large orange

Method

  1. Wash and drain cranberries. Pick out “ta rotten vons” as my Mummu used to say.
  2. Put the cranberries and the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until the sugar melts.
  3. Add the port and juice from the orange, stir and cook on medium-low for 10 minutes or until the cranberries start to pop.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in the orange zest and allow to cool. Cover and put in the fridge until ready to serve.
Pappa’s Pan-seared Scallops with Lemon and Caper Sauce

Pappa’s Pan-seared Scallops with Lemon and Caper Sauce

My Dad’s family is originally from Nova Scotia and he’s always loved scallops. On my first night home for Thanksgiving weekend he whipped up a batch of pan-seared scallops with a lemon and caper sauce from the Recipe Critic. So good and all done in…