So how did it all go with the deep frying of the turkey and our Thanksgiving party? To tell you the truth I was pretty nervous about the whole thing. Saturday evening we had invited some American friends as well as some Swiss friends that have lived in the US. Lilly (10 years old) made these very pretty hand decorations.
We had only experienced deep frying of the Thanksgiving turkey once while we lived in Alabama. Down in the deep South they looove to deep fry stuff. This was our first time ever to do it on our own. Our American friends had borrowed this deep frying pot from some friends of theirs. A direct import from the US to Switzerland because you sure won't find anything like this here.
Friday evening C had to go shopping for oil as well. He bought what felt like a huge amount (8 Liters) which was far from enough when we started testing how much oil was going to be needed. You need to fill the pot with water and then dip the turkey in and make a mark with a pen to calculate how much oil will be needed. Turned out we needed 16 Liters of oil.
The turkey should according to Southern Style cooking be fried in peanut oil but as you do not find that here we just used what was labeled as regular frying oil. We calculated the amount of time to cook it based on the weight of the bird. Total cooking time became 56 minutes.
Taaadaa! This is the finished result before it was carved up. It turned out really good. The skin was not really as crispy as I had expected it to be but the meat was very juicy and nice. It is not greasy on the inside just juicy as the oil does not penetrate the skin.
We had a very nice and tasty Thanks giving dinner. Everyone had brought something. We had all the classical things like mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potato gratain and wild rice among other things. For dessert we had both pumpkin pie and pecan pie. No one left the table hungry. We still have so much leftovers from the turkey. Now I have to be creative with the leftovers.
I am really happy it all turned out so well and so delicious. I am glad everyone had a good time and I am also quite relieved that it is all over for this year.