It’s that time of the year again, where families come together to share a meal. Laughs are had, and memories are made. Make this years Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner really stand out but just following a few simple steps, that will undoubtably take your Thanksgiving dinner to the next level. Just follow these Three B’s.
Whats a brine? Its an often times liquid or dry rub and herb mixture you can use to soak/marinade your turkey in overnight to allow the flavors to penetrate deep into the meat.
- Green Onion
- Fresh Garlic
- Lemon Slices
- Mexican Oregano
- White Onion
- Bay Leaves
- Star Anise
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Celery Stalk Ends
Butter [but not how you think]
Its no secret that basting your turkey with butter helps add a nice golden brown color as well as keeping it moist. But have you ever made a simple garlic, lemon zest, salt and rosemary company butter? Now to really take it to the next level, freeze the butter for about two hours, slice it thinly, then place it under the skin of your turkey. As the turkey cooks the butter will melt and release all those mouthwatering flavors, all while keeping the turkey moist.
Thats right I said bacon. When in doubt always add bacon! Trust me no meal has ever suffered from over use of bacon. I have found placing a few strips under the skin but over the breast portion of the turkey works best. The saltiness, fat and oils help make sure it doesn’t dry out and add tons of flavor.
Cooking is supposed to be fun, you should be playing with your food and trying new things each time. There is not hard set way to cook, you have to do what you like and what tastes good for you. I hope you found some of this useful and it helped get those creative cooking wheels turning. Leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts.