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    Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    I'm frying my Thanksgiving turkey again (fifth year straight), and am looking for suggestions of your favorite pour with a spicy fried turkey. What do you suggest?
    Mmm, dat's good!
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    Re: Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    I always (partly because it can be a little cold outside here at Thanksgiving) have WT101 with mine.
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    Re: Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    I hope this is not considered blasphemy, but for a pairing with spicy fried turkey, I think I would save the bourbon for dessert (great match with pecan pie) or after dinner (great with football) and drink Riesling with the bird. Of course a good high proof like GTS would be excellent for drinking while cooking the bird to keep warm <G>.

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    Re: Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    Quote Originally Posted by TomH
    ...Riesling with the bird...
    I might lean toward a spicier Gewurztraminer myself, but I commend and second the thought...
    Tim

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    Re: Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    Riesling for me, especially an Auslese from the Rheingau.
    Joe
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    Re: Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    Marinade the Turkey with Wild Turkey for at least 24 hours. I'd never heard of this before; but experienced it last Thanksgiving when an Aussie friend decided to celebrate an American Holiday and found a recipe in one of her cookbooks. She was a tea-totaler and gave me the rest of the bottle into the deal
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    Re: Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    It's hard to imagine how you could marinade a whole turkey in Wild Turkey and still have some left in the bottle. Presumably, WT was just one ingredient in the marinade.

    Underwriters Laboratories says turkey fryers are inherently unsafe. Soaking the bird in 101 proof alcohol before dropping it into the hot oil would seem designed not to improve that safety rating.

    But, hey, you're on an island. How much trouble can it cause?

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    Re: Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post

    But, hey, you're on an island. How much trouble can it cause?
    Chuck, it's a pretty big island.....and Pastor Bourbon doesn't live too far from me....I would throw down fire blankets and such over my bottles if I saw the "turkey fryer fire" coming, but for the most I would grab my favorites and run...waiting for the inevitable mushroom cloud as my house exploded!

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    Re: Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    LOL!!! Thanks for the belly-laugh, Cowdery. (I've been wondering how to pronounce your 'handle'.)

    Yes... the recipe used about 500mls of Bourbon; but it was still a fairly honey consistency marinade. She had to re-baste it or whatever the term might be as it was kept in the fridge while it 'soaked.'

    Island it might be; but in a sugarcane growing region such a meal could be disaster...lol

    As far as the fire's concerned, I'm the chaplain for several of the local rural fire brigades; so if the worst should come to the worst we could always use the failure as a meal as good practise for controlled burn of a kitchen fire...
    "One Scotch, One Bourbon and One Beer!"

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    Re: Deep-Fried Turkey/Bourbon Pairing

    Hey! Look at what I found! Googled Bourbon Turkey...

    For the bourbon and mustard glaze, stir together in a small bowl 1/4 cup of the bourbon, 1/4 cup of the mustard, and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. With your fingers, separate the turkey skin from the breast meat, taking care not to tear the skin or pierce the meat. Rub about half the glaze under the skin onto the breast meat; set aside the remaining glaze. Season the bird with salt and pepper. Tie the drumsticks together and tuck wing tips behind the back. Place the bird, breast side up, in the prepared roasting pan. Cover with lightly oiled aluminum foil and roast for 2 1/2 hours. Remove the foil, brush the turkey all over with some of the reserved glaze and baste with pan juices. Continue roasting, uncovered, 1 1/2 to 2 hours longer; brushing with glaze and basting from time to time. The turkey is done when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 180 degrees F and registers 165 degrees F when inserted into the stuffing.

    www.marvalfoodstores.com/recipes/11-turkey.htm

    Sorry if that's not allowed. I plead ignorance though I know tis no excuse... Have I transgressed the unwritten law???
    "One Scotch, One Bourbon and One Beer!"

 

 

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