Monday, November 25, 2013

"Unconventional Thanksgiving"

Tonight I wanted to cook a dinner that would be a fun spin off of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I decided to make Turkey Burgers (Recipe Here), Sweet Potato Fries and Butternut Squash Soup (Recipe Here). I was really excited!! I made the soup not problem and got my cast iron skillet out to start heating oil for the fries. Burgers were in the pan and I was just waiting on the oil to heat up so I could fry the fries! When I say I was excited that doesn't even begin to explain. Meals like this are super fun for me. I get a big picture in my head of what I want the meal to look like and the I get to experiment. So far the soup was amazing, the burgers were looking great, and my oil was ready to go!

The thermomiter hit 350* so I was ready to fry! I dropped one fry in and that was my fatal mistake. I assume the oil wouldn't be quite ready so I carelessly dropped that fry in and it made a nice size splash. When it hit my hand I dropped the rest of the handful of fries out of pain which caused a huge wave of oil to cover all my fingers.

I don't think I have ever felt a burning pain like that. My hand immediately blistered and of course I couldn't hold in my tears. Jared hugged me and all I could say was, "my fries are burning....."

While I held my hand under cold water and got burn gel on my fingers Jared was a wonderful husband and finished cooking the burgers. I gave up on the idea of having fries....

I have such a loving husband. He finished cooking under my watchful eye (he even brought a chair in so I could sit and direct), and then got me some comfy pajamas. Despite my little oil fiasco, dinner was really great tasting! Jared did an amazing job.

So just a word of caution, use a wire spoon to drop your fries into the blazing hot oil!

Here was our dinner! It really did turn out great, just not how I imagined it. For the Turkey Burger Recipe, go HERE.  For the Butternut Squash Soup Recipe, go HERE.

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