Deep frying a turkey is delicious first and foremost. The other benefits are fantastic as well.
We use this recipe from Chow which was posted while my husband was working there and he demanded we try it. No one taught us how to do it. In fact, the first year we did two turkeys, one in the oven and one in the fryer. No one touched the one from the oven (well we did to compare taste, but other than that, it was a no brainer). We’ve never gone back. This fryer from Bayou Classic has always done right by us. If you go this route, make sure to stock up on peanut oil. We get ours at Home Depot.
We love turkey frying and here is why:
- The turkey is always done- ON TIME! As long as you make sure to account for oil heat up time, turkey fry time and turkey rest time.
- It takes only about 45 minutes to cook the turkey. No more getting up at 6 am to prepare the bird.
- Thanksgiving goers tend stay outside and watch the bird while chatting, limiting the traffic in the house and kitchen. (Honestly, people stay out of my way, because I’ve got a strict schedule to adhere to in the kitchen to make sure everything comes out on time. I only need a couple of actual helpers- and they better be legitimate helpers, or it’s out to bird watching they go.)
- The oven is open for other deliciousness.
- You can cook two turkeys, if needed, no problem.
- It's fun. It’s an event and it’s a bit exciting. I mean there is danger, equipment and novelty. Who doesn’t love that?
All in all, it makes the Thanksgiving meal preparation loads easier and there is built in entertainment. A way to delight each and everyone at the table!
There are things to beware of, it can be actually really dangerous! Be sure to read the whole instruction book and keep it handy year after year and follow all safety instructions.
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