Thanksgiving Turkey Fry 2010

I could just let the pictures tell the story but where's the fun in that? You might not notice The Good Doctor's fancy frying slippers. Really protective should there be any, oh, 350 degree peanut oil that splatters onto his toes.

This is an example of proper turkey deep fry technique. One husband, one critical Asian Grandpa, and an old rake handle found in the backyard of your rental home. Count to three and lower the -- NO wait -- your wife has to run and get the camera to document the moment -- okay NOW lower the turkey -- and SMILE! Nevermind the warnings that you should never take your eyes off the vat of hot oil. Pictures for the blob are much more important, otherwise how would Great Grandma Mary see how dangerously you spent your Thanksgiving?

Allow turkey to bubble for 3.5 minutes per pound. Ours was a 14 pound bird. The only drawback of frying--not as many leftovers because you can't use a ginormous bird.

And presto: using a single oven mitt, lift turkey out of hot oil and cue the "Mmmmmmmmm, smells so good" approving comments from Asian in-laws. Actually, you should wear longer and much more heavy duty gloves. It's not like you're an anesthesiologist who relies on your hands every single moment of your working day as part of your only livelihood or anything.

Finished fried turkey, just as delicious as the first one we did for Christmas of 2009.

Last step, grab a drumstick and go all Flintstones on it.

Very thankful for a safe and delicious meal with loved ones. And fortunately for us, things didn't turn out the way they did for The Good Doctor's colleague. His thermometer was broken, so when he lowered the turkey into the deceptively calm-looking oil, it spontaneously combusted. Shot a fireball into the air, and then burned for two hours straight. But these turkey frying men, they are not easily deterred. He eventually put the turkey in, fried it, and called it a Thanksgiving.

No word on whether that doctor was smart enough to wear gloves to protect his lily white hands.