Why We Deep Fry Our Turkey and You Should Too

It looks charred, but it's not.  It's crispy on the outside and juicy delicious on the inside.

It looks charred, but it's not.  It's crispy on the outside and juicy delicious on the inside.

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.

 

Deep fry your turkey

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!

 

The temperature is up, it's time for the slooow and controlled turkey drop. 

The temperature is up, it's time for the slooow and controlled turkey drop. 

Always keep an eye on the thermometer.

Always keep an eye on the thermometer.

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.  

Safety first!

Safety first!

Deep fry your turkey

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.