Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by Jadagul » 24 Nov 2017, 18:21

Sure. I can do it, and I do sometimes, but when I'm cooking meat in bulk it's cheaper and easier and tastier to do pressure cooker thighs.

On the other hand, there's a couple people I want to have over for dinner some time soon, and this is a good reminder that I can/should roast chickens for them.

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by JasonL » 24 Nov 2017, 18:34

I believe in it as a core competency to maintain.

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by Jadagul » 24 Nov 2017, 18:46

Roasting or carving?

Roasting is easy enough that I don't think of it as a "competency" so much. Roasting a chicken is almost impossible to screw up if you have a good probe thermometer.

Carving, I really want to be in a situation where I can carve like forty chickens in a sitting for practice. But that's impracticable.

(I had the same problem with pie crust practice. But I've made like eight in the past week, which helps).

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by JasonL » 24 Nov 2017, 18:56

I meant roasting and hitting temp on white and dark.

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by Jadagul » 24 Nov 2017, 20:18

Rub it down with oil and spices, shove a thermometer in, put it in at 250, come back when the thermometer beeps.

Used to have the highest "people are impressed" to effort ratio of anything I could do with protein. Has been eclipsed by sous vide, so I mostly do that these days instead.

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by JasonL » 24 Nov 2017, 20:26

Skin don’t Sous vide right, alas. Poofy and difficult to dry out/crisp later.

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by Jadagul » 24 Nov 2017, 20:37

I believe that, although Kenji says you get good results with sous videing a chicken breast and then searing it afterwards. I mostly sous vide pork and beef, and sometimes boneless skinless chicken thighs.

The sous vide isn't a replace for roasting the chicken. It's a replacement for doing chicken at all, because it's more impressive for less effort. (I should get a commission from Anova for my dinner parties).

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by Ellie » 24 Nov 2017, 21:18

Kiddos skipped their naps and cried all the way through dinner :? but all the food was a big success.

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by Highway » 24 Nov 2017, 21:24

From what I've heard, it's good to sous vide chicken with skin and bones, and then throw those both away before you eat it. We're trying to go as lean and easy as possible, so we just go with boneless skinless.
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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by Jadagul » 24 Nov 2017, 21:29

Yeah, I do boneless skinless because that's what I can buy in bulk frozen, and also because deboning is annoying.

I have never managed to get all the inedibles out of slow-cooked chicken thighs before. I'm pulling little bits of gristle out of my jambalaya all week.

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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by Andrew » 25 Nov 2017, 18:59

thoreau wrote:
24 Nov 2017, 13:08
I need to share my amazing 1-step trick for carving a turkey:

1) Hand the carving utensils to whichever guest has the strongest opinions on what I'm doing wrong in the kitchen.
I don't understand why there's any mystique/ritual around carving. Apply sharp knife to bird. Done.
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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by pistoffnick » 25 Nov 2017, 19:55

Green bean casserole (while good) could be so much better. I have to think that fresh green beans rather than mushy canned beans and a home-made Bearnaise sauce rather than gloppy canned mushroom soup might be better.
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Re: Thanksgiving: the most delicious time of the year

Post by Jennifer » 26 Nov 2017, 01:04

That apple pie with cheese was tasty, but something in it does NOT play nice with my digestive system at ALL. Belch belch burp burp burp belch. What, was the cheese, like, carbonated, only somehow I did not notice?
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