Making up for Lost Time
Can you believe that after all these years together, that I’ve never shared my turkey recipe with ya’ll? Today, not only am I sharing my tips for the perfect bird, but also my favorite Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes and the most decadent way to end your feast with my friend, Marta’s gooey rich Chocolate Pecan Pie.
Fear Not the Turkey, She’s Just a Big Bird
I know that the roasted turkey can be daunting for you, but there’s no need to fear it—it’s really just a big chicken! The key is in the planning and timing.
Don’t Forget the D’artagnan
Order your turkey ahead of time—so if you haven’t done that by now, get to it! There is a huge difference in the taste of a conventional bird that comes with a pop-up thermometer, found in the freezer section of your local supermarket and a fresh organic bird that comes from a trusted source like D’artagnan. Our friends at D’artagnan should definitely be a part of your annual prep list. They’ll fedex your turkey overnight so that you can get to brining ASAP!
The Beauty of the Dry-Brine
The turkey itself often gets bad press because the meat doesn’t have much flavor to it, so that’s why I’ve taken to dry brining my bird at least a day in advance so that the salt soaks into the meat. It’s a win-win situation from the delicious and tender meat of your organic bird, and the seasoning from the brine. Once you try these tips you’ll never go back!
Giving Thanks, Texas-Style
My childhood memories are of sitting around a Thanksgiving table in Wichita Falls, Texas, when the weather was finally cool. My mom made my Dad turn off the football game and she set a gorgeous table set with her own mums from our garden. My brother, sister and I were always so hungry. It seemed to take forever to make that turkey.
The Perfect Side Dish
The secret to my Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes is really all about the butter and cream! Diet plan? No! But it’s a great spoon full of comfort and will complement your turkey day table.
Triple Threat: Singing, Baking, and Laughing
The real icing on the cake—or the pie was cooking with Marta Sanders Cooper. My first encounter with her was when I heard her sing at the Cabaret Convention in preparation for my own show next year. She gave a true showstopping performance of “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have.” I was so awestruck by her power and her talent that I couldn’t wait to meet her face to face (luckily for me, my assistant is her daughter!). When I heard that in addition to being a mind-blowing songstress, that she was a talented home baker, I knew we had to cook together. And just in time for Thanksgiving she generously offered to share her Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe.
A Pie to Grow With
We had so much fun in the kitchen and bonded over our love of music and our Texas roots. This dessert was definitely one of my absolute favorites growing up. Now, with the guidance of Marta, I feel confident that I will wow my guests with this pie—and perhaps event throw a little bourbon into it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with lots of love, laughter, and spectacular food!
Give Yourself the Gift of Cooking Tools
Here are some tools that will help you win on Thanksgiving: