I was fiddling with potatoes to decide what to make for Thanksgiving. These are crisps that are quite amazing. You don't have to do anything to them. They're russet potatoes, which are scrubbed, dried, sliced, and drizzled with oil, salt, and pepper.
They're homely before they go into the oven:
Roast them in a hot oven (425 degrees) for 25 minutes, turn with a spatula and continue roasting for 25 minutes, and you get the crisps.
More homely food that turns golden and delicious:
These are plump turkey thighs ($2.99 a pound, each of these weighs about 1 pound, which means 2 for less than $6; that's a good value). They roast nicely and because it's dark meat, they stay moist.
Sprinkle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and some herbes de Provence or a mixture of dried rosemary, thyme, and oregano. Broil them close to the element for 10 minutes to crisp the skin, then lower the oven temperature to 425 degrees and roast for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone) registers 180 degrees.
If I ruled the world, I'd make Thanksgiving a monthly holiday. Or at least order everyone in my kingdom to roast turkey every month. And invite a crowd. And have some fun.
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