So what to do with the fried turkey carcass? You make gumbo!
Well, it was raining today down here in South Texas which pretty much destroyed my plans to play in a golf tournament this morning. It was not only wet, it was cold too — almost 40 degrees so I really wasn’t too motivated to work in the yard or do anything that was particularly constructive.
Being trapped inside for a day led me to the refrigerator to chow down on some comfort food. As it turned out, I couldn’t find anything interesting but I did notice a frozen fried turkey carcass in the freezer. It was left over from Thanksgiving when we deep fried turkeys out in the backyard.
We have fried a ton of turkeys for ourselves and friends for many years. One of my sons and I get up early every Thanksgiving, crack open a bottle of cognac, pour some cotton seed oil in a pot, light up a fire and start frying turkeys. Lots of people use peanut oil for frying but we’re from SE Missouri cotton country and we use cottonseed oil (it burns cleaner and has a high flash point). Sometimes we have two pots going. I generally take a break and run the annual 5 mile turkey trot with our other son, daughter-in-law, daughter and anyone else who feels up to it, then it’s back to turkey frying. Sure helps build an appetite for the rest of the day.