T.M. asks from Livonia, MI on November 24, 2008
All right this is the first time I am cooking a turkey. I am kind of nervous. From what I have heard, I was planning on using those Reynolds Oven bags. Never used them before. I also wanted to make sweet potatoe something. Never cooked sweet potatoes before either. So does anybody have advice on cooking the turkey, sweet potato recipes, or any other yummy recipes.
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L.N. answers from Benton Harbor on November 24, 2008
First (and only) time I ever made a turkey, I cut it in half and stuffed it in my big crockpot. Was wonderful!
S.M. answers from Saginaw on November 25, 2008
Hello T., My first turkey was an embarrasing event. I didn't realize that there were packages of organs in one cavity, and the neck in another. I had only removed one, so when we went to carve the turkey, SURPRISE! So check both the rear and neck cavities. As for the recipes you can Google those on line, which will give you lots of choices. Good luck, and Happy Thanksgiving.
C.S. answers from Grand Rapids on November 25, 2008
Congratulations on taking on the task of cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I always use the turkey size oven bags. Make sure you follow the directions and let the turkey "sit" for at least 15-20 minutes before carving.
Can't help you on the sweet potatoes. Sorry!
A.W. answers from Kalamazoo on November 24, 2008
I have never used a bag, but FYI, don't use the bags in the electric turkey roaster thing that you set on your counter because the bag can melt to the inside.
L.C. answers from Grand Rapids on November 25, 2008
I always bake my turkey inside one of those turkey bags and they always turn out great if you follow the directions on the box.
I have had sweet potato pie and I don't particularly like sweet potatoes but the pie is tasty even to me. You can find all kinds of recipes on the internet. One of the web sites I use often is www.cooks.com
Another recipe that I can actually eat with sweet potatoes is using canned sweet potatoes. You put them in a baking dish that has been buttered or sprayed with some spray for not allowing the food to stick to the baking dish. Then you sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and place several miniature marshmallows on top and bake until golden brown. You can add a little brown sugar or molasses in the sweet potatoes but you don't have to; they are natually sweet without any sweetening, but they taste even better to me with a little sweetener. Don't fill the baking dish all the way to the top (about 2/3 full) and then put the marshmallows on top to brown and melt. It covers up the taste of the sweet potatoes so I can actually stomach it, so somebody who likes them would enjoy them as well.
Even if your food does not all turn out as good as you would like it to, next year can be even better. We all had to start somewhere. If anything turns out hillarious, it will give your husband and you something funny to talk about for years. It will be the beginning of your memories together.
B.J. answers from Detroit on November 26, 2008
You'll do fine, the first turkey I ever made, I thought was ruined, you could not pick up the turkey to get it on a plater to cut, it would fall apart. Turkey bags work well, just follow the guide on lbs cook time ectra. We make a potato reciep, frozen hashbrowns, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1 pk cheddar cheese, 1 C sour cream, cook 30 to 45min. then cover with corn flakes cooked in butter, for 5 min. bake additional 5 min. simple dish, tasts great. Also, check out Paula Deen, I make the pie's in the family, this yr. I'm makeing Pumpkin Run Pie, with Vodka pie crust, and a non alcohol pie for the kids. ha ha, best of luck to you on your first holiday meal, Happy Thanksgiving
K.A. answers from Detroit on November 24, 2008
I do not like turkey, but a co-worker of mine just said she cooked one over the weekend in the oven in one of those bags and it was super tender and juicy. She said she didn't add any water..just a little flour to the bag and when it was done there was plenty of juice from the turkey and I assume thickened from the flour.
R.L. answers from Lansing on November 25, 2008
I am here for the best sweet potato recipe ever, it's my mom's and my in-laws actually requested I bring them this year. It's easy too. Also one tip for the yams, cut then in thirds or halves and boil in a big stock pot for 20 min or so, they peel much easier that way!
Ingrediants: 3 c. mashed yams 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs beaten 3/4 c. butter-melted/divided
1/4 evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 c. flour
1 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. chopped nuts
Combine yams, sugar, eggs, 1/4 c. butter, milk and vanilla. Beat until almost smooth- spread into casserle dish. Combine 1/2 c. butter, flour, br. sugar and nuts. Sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
Good luck and at least take the recipe down if you don't use it this year!