IT’S THANKSGIVING WEEK! I’m that excited that I have to type it in all caps. I’ve said it many times before: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Most get four days off, the weather is lovely, there is no pressure and stress of gift-giving, and all you do is watch/play football and stuff your faces with comfort foods.

Every year, the hubster and I throw a day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers potluck party. We invite our friends to bring some of their leftovers from the day before, and we deep-fry up some turkey Cajun-style. We began this annual tradition the year we moved into our current home in 2009, and since then, the partygoers have multiplied so much that we now have to fry three turkeys instead of one…and there are only three bird carcasses by night’s end.

This year will be no different. We’re planning to fry up three more turkeys starting Friday afternoon. The secret to frying a turkey (or frying practically anything, for that matter) is peanut oil. Peanut oil has a high smoking point, so you can fry things at high temperatures without having them come out reeking like ash. And its mild yet slightly nutty flavor lends a nice touch to the food.

We buy our peanut oil by the gallons-ful at the hardware store or supermarket. After the Thanksgiving weekend, we let it cool before siphoning it back into its original container and taking it to my father-in-law’s auto shop for proper disposal.

Whatever you do this Thanksgiving—whether you’re frying or roasting or smoking your bird, or maybe you’re ordering in or going out to eat something entirely different all together—may you and your loved ones have a great one.

Do you or your family have any Thanksgiving traditions? What are you doing this holiday? Let me know in the comments section.

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3 Discussion to this post

  1. @JeffD503 says:

    I hope you and your family and friends have a really happy Thanksgiving too. Like I said, our Thanksgivings are pretty traditional. We eat, some relatives might show up for Black Friday, the sports will be on, and I will be in my food coma. Not a lot of special traditions there. Christmas on the other hand, I do have my own tradition. I make my homemade wassail.

    Anyway, on the topic of the post, I agree that peanut oil is the best oil you can get for frying. If I ever fry anything, it's in peanut oil.

    BTW: That sounds like a heck of a party. Makes me think about relocating, just so I could get in on all the good food.

  2. Klaim says:

    Thanks a lot for this great post

  3. Deep fried turkey is an underappreciated delicacy! Once you start doing it, you just can't go back to regular old turkey (at least I can't).

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