People clearly have stronger opinions on other things today:
Subject: Anti-Deep-Fried-Turkey Advocate
The position of “deep-fried-turkey advocate” is a very un-conservative position. Though I do not deny the taste of a fried bird is on par with a traditionally baked turkey, I argue that it is the means that are important on Thanksgiving, not the end result.
Conservatism relies on traditions. Thanksgiving is a mainstay of family-oriented holidays. We all get together and give thanks to God, and eat a turkey. If we all start deep frying our turkeys, what is next? Mom and apple pie?
For a shameless plug, I offer a traditional turkey recipe from our
Honey and Spice Glazed Turkey
2 tsps chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
2 Tbsps honey
1 tsp cold water
1 15-lb WHOLE TURKEY, thawed if frozen
2 Tbsps vegetable oil
Thaw turkey overnight.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix chili powder, garlic powder, allspice, cumin, salt, red pepper, honey and water in small bowl until well blended; set aside for step 6. (See Note)
Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey; discard or refrigerate for another use. Drain juices from turkey; dry turkey with paper towels.
Turn wings back to hold neck skin against back of turkey.
Place turkey, breast up, on flat roasting rack in roasting pan 2 to 3 inches deep. Brush turkey with oil.
Roast turkey in the preheated oven for a total of 3 to 3-1/2 hours, covering breast and top of drumsticks loosely with foil after 2 hours to prevent overcooking of breast.
Uncover turkey breast and brush turkey with honey-spice mixture when about 45 minutes of roasting time remains.
Return foil to top of turkey and continue roasting until food thermometer, inserted deep in thigh, reaches 180 degrees F.
Let turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.
NOTE: Do not brush glaze on turkey until near the end of roasting time.
If the glaze is added in the initial roasting procedure the sugar from the honey would cause the skin to darken.
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Happy Thanksgiving from God-fearing (and God-loving), but deeply-depressed conservative Congressional District 1 in Ohio…at least we kept Chabot, though.