Thankfully it’s Thanksgiving

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, and U.S. Census Bureau report that on average 51,000,000 Turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving day. Combine that with all the other ingredients needed and the total US spending on Thanksgiving food topples over 2 Billion dollars.  Our portion today was $292 and will feed 15 adults and 3 kids. Not to mention providing the best part of Thanksgiving for all, leftovers!

Thankfully Thanksgiving

Thankfully Thanksgiving

As you can imagine, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday to host. Two years ago we decided to try something new and purchased a turkey fryer and a crap ton of peanut oil. It was the best thing ever. We will never go back. We can’t go back. The moisture. The crunchy skin. The flavor. Pure Gobble it up, Turkey Perfection. Oh and I haven’t even mentioned the best part, which is that by cooking it in the fryer, you free up all that space in your oven to cook even more things, like an extra green bean casserole!

Fried Turkey

What’s Cookin’ Doc??

Brine – Good for a 12 – 18lb turkey . 

  • 2 Gallons hot water
  • 1/2 lb dark brown sugar
  • 1 lb kosher salt
  • 2 oranges freshly squeezed
  • 4 cloves of garlic- smashed
  • 7lbs of Ice

Once your water is boiling add all ingredients and stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Let it cool for just a few minutes as you fill your cooler with the ice. Pour your brine over the ice and stir until cool. Add your turkey and leave to sit overnight. The rule of thumb is 1hr per pound.

Injection Marinade

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Tabasco
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce

Thanksgiving Menu


Main Course

  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Rolls
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Pesole


  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Homemade Cool Whip
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Peanut Butter Pie
  • Apple Dutch Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Carmel Sauce

About healthyeasyfoods

Food makes me happy. Fake food and chemicals being added to my food do not make me happy. I have a growing concern about two major things. 1. The quality of food. 2. Our choice of consumption of food as a nation. With this being said I can understand how an American lifestyle influences fast, easy and cheap to be the three magnet factors to food choice however I think we need to go back to the basics and remember just how easy it is to make good food, good for you without breaking the bank or spending hours sweating away in the kitchen.
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