Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Reed's Fried Turkey

I am not sure if it is just being in the South where we will gladly eat anything so long as it is fried or if this is something that occurs all over the country, but for anyone who has not enjoyed the taste of a fried turkey, I apologize, but you are truly missing out.  Some friends of mine and I have been planning to do a turkey fry for some time and this past weekend we were finally able to make it happen.  My friend Reed brought his turkey fryer back from Tupelo, MS and we set out on our mission....a delicious, perfectly cooked, incredibly seasoned fried turkey!  It was the perfect late fall, early winter day where the sun was out, the temperature was in the mid 40's, the fire pit was roaring and the oil was heating up!  Once that turkey hit the grease we were a mear 45 minutes away from poultry heaven!  If it wasn't for the need for gravy on Thanksgiving Day I might be a complete convert to ways of fried turkey!

Reed Hillen's Fried Turkey

Here is the process:

1.  If using a frozen turkey make sure it is completely thawed otherwise you will have hot grease shooting out of the fryer when you submerge the turkey....needless to say, this is incredibly dangerous!

2.  Heat the grease to 375-400 degrees.  You will want to cook it at a steady 350 degrees but the temperature will drop when the turkey is submerged in the oil.  
As you can see, Emory and Allen had to supervise Reed while he checked the burner...
3.  Inject the turkey -- breast, thighs, all over -- with a creole butter then rub it down with Cajun Shake
4.  Very carefully submerge the bird, either in a basket as pictured or with a hook, into the grease.
5.  Allow to cook 4 minutes per pound while keeping the temperature of the oil at a consistent 350 degrees.
6.  Carefully remove the turkey from the oil and move to a pan to rest.  
7.  Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes but DO NOT COVER IN FOIL or this will make that delicious, sinful turkey skin a big heaping mushy mess!
8.  Now, my friends, it is time to snitch!!!  Enjoy because I guarantee you, this is the best turkey you will ever put in your mouth and this coming from the girl who has tried it all!!!
Here are some pictures from our day at the Hillen's
Jenn teaches Emory the true skills behind creating a pandora station on the iPad!
He loves it!
Oh!  And there is a cute lady holding me!
Nothing quite as fun as having Daddy throw me up in the air!
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