Today we deep fried a turkey and made lasagna. For the fried turkey we had it cut up on a band saw. We brined it for 24 hours in a mixture of buttermilk, hot sauce, liquid smoke, and salt. We dredged the pieces in seasoned potato starch and fried them in peanut oil.
We made the lasagna with smoked turkey legs we braised in tomato sauce. We added body to the sauce with minced vegetables softened in turkey fat. We built the lasagna with noodles, the braised smoked turkey, and ricotta seasoned with Pecorino. We topped the the massive creation with fresh mozzarella and baked it until it was crispy and browned. We then let it rest for 45 minutes to allow the noodles to absorb the sauce and let the molten mass cool to an eat-able temperature. It was a great, non-traditional turkey feast.
Happy Thanksgiving. We give thanks for all of the people who enrich our lives and all of the experiences that make us who we are. Life may not always be easy but it is always good.