"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Roast Turkey Dinner

The heatwave only lasted four days, unfortunately. I seem to be one of the few people out here who actually likes really hot weather. 

We went from being in the 90's to dropping back into the high 60's. The only good thing about that was I could turn the oven on again. Tuesday was the perfect day for baking bread.

It was also cool enough to turn the oven on to 500°F to roast the little 10 pound turkey I bought on Sunday and had presalted. I uncovered it Monday night and left it to air dry in the fridge.

We had our traditional sides, 

mashed potatoes,

rutabaga, bread stuffing and lots of wonderful rich turkey gravy.

And the best thing about a roast turkey dinner is the leftovers.  Dinner last night was hot turkey sandwiches with homemade fries.

The carcass went into the stock pot this morning.


  1. Delicious meal! You are always my inspiration for "What's for Dinner!"

  2. Thank you Joycee. You made my day.


  3. This is my FAVOURITE meal........I wish we had your weather in TO, it is HOT and HUMID here!

    Great pictures I feel like it is right in front of me.....:-)

  4. That look so wonderful! We are having a heat wave in Southern California, but turning the oven on does not deter me - who does not have AC nowadays?
    And I do have a turkey in the freezer. You have me wondering what rutabaga tastes like - in your photo it looks very moist and sweet, good enough to try it. Thaks for the inspiration.

  5. Thanks Erica. It is a favourite meal here too.

    Lana, You really need to try Rutabaga. One of my favourite vegetables. Great cut into cubes or sticks and steamed. Or cooked and mashed with butter , salt and pepper. Wonderful cooked in stews.


  6. Ann, your photo is beautiful. Makes me feel like having a nice roast turkey with all the sides for dinner tonight. But it's in the 90's on Long Island and I'll have to wait for cooler weather. I love rutabaga too - steamed and mashed with butter. Love your blog.

  7. Is there ever a bad time for this wonderfully comforting meal? We are still in the throes of a heatwave here in New England. My daughter arrived from Seoul last night and wants boiled lobster and corn on the cob! Thank goodness my fishmonger will boil the lobsters for me!!

    Enjoy your cool down....Diane

  8. Thanks for advice on cooking rutabagas. I saw some really good looking ones at the Farmers Market. I love mashed parsnips, I use beets a lot, black radish is a common ingredient - why not rutabaga?


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