Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 - two turkeys and deep-fried Twinkies

This Thanksgiving we were invited to AC and CB's house along with 18 other family members! Fun!

The food was amazing! We started with AC's Mixed Greens salad with Tobasco dressing, and my Artisinal Greens salad with Champagne vinaigrette.

We also had two turkeys - one roasted in the oven, and the other deep-fried. In addition to these great birds, we had fantastic gravy and homemade cranberry sauces, RC's Festive Yam Casserole, carrots with white raisins, roasted Brussels sprouts, green beans, sweet potato fries, and cornbread and apple dressing.

The wine I had with dinner was the Lopez Noceti 1919 Bonarda 2009 from Mendoza, Argentina, which AC purchased at Central Market.

Aroma - currants
Taste - currants, acidic, soft tannins, young

I liked this wine, and it went well with all of the food!

Now onto the adventurous part of our evening...deep frying dessert.

Here's the deep frying equipment and supplies - gallons of peanut oil were used this Thanksgiving!

The first dessert in was the whole apple pie. It went in and out of the fryer with surgical precision, thanks to Bro! It was my absolute favorite dessert of the evening - the crust was perfect, and the apples inside were still cool from the freezer!

Next the fun-sized Snickers, which were frozen and coated in pancake batter in preparation for their peanut oil bath. These did not fair so well - we'll have to find a better recipe/preparation for candy bars next time.

Last but definitely not least were the Twinkies and the chocolate chip cookies from Hruska's. Both of these turned out great! The Twinkies were especially delightful with the still-cool centers oozing slightly!

Hats off to all of the cooks in the kitchen (and backyard) that night!

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