WE’RE INTO TURKEY season, and you probably have more than a few recipes in your stash, as well as a few stories accompanying each recipe. And, if your recipes are like mine, some of them are better than others. Recently, in search of yet another method, I wiled away hours reading my mother-in-law’s recipe box. And whammo: What I found might shock you.
It’s the Paul Evans T-shirt method for cooking turkey, or so it says on the card, in my mother-in-law’s lovely script. I am not making this up. The nicest people, my in-laws, but wowza, they made some wild stuff, including that Spam Chop Suey. So here’s another to add to that maybe-you-will-maybe-you-won’t try this at home recipe list.
Paul Evans T-Shirt Turkey
- Set oven to 500 degrees
- Dip t-shirt in melted butter
- Drape over stuffed turkey
- As soon as it starts to cook well turn oven down to 325 degrees.
When I emailed my husband that I was back in his mother’s recipes, writing about this particular dish, he replied: “The Rev. Paul Evans was a BIG guy. He wore a big T-shirt. Could handle quite the turkey.”
The whole family is really lovely, and normal–I promise. Except perhaps for the Spam Chop Suey, and the T-Shirt Turkey, and – well, hmmmm.
Help me out, memoirists. Mine cannot be the only wild-turkey story out there. Send me the antidote: One simple, plain-as-you-please, method for roasting a turkey to counteract this madness, as well as the story behind it. Or, what the hell, go on: Send me another in the list of maybe-nots.