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Thanksgiving Turkey: Flavor Enhancing Tips
What You Need:
As with most poultry, turkey could use a little help in the flavor department. However, the best part about a blank canvas is it's up to you to add all the color. Be brave and go bold with your flavor – you won't regret it. Here we offer a few combinations that are sure to give your Thanksgiving turkey a delicious boost.
Blend your favorite spices and herbs with softened butter to add an extra flavorful addition to meals this holiday. These butters are great for basting or inserting beneath the turkey skin for a delicious accent to every bite.
- Honey and Mustard butter
2 sticks of butter, 2T honey, 6T of Dijon mustard
- Onion and Parmesan butter
2 sticks of butter. 4T grated Parmesan cheese, 2T of sliced green onions
- Lemon butter
2 sticks of butter. 2T fresh lemon juice, 1/2t lemon zest, 1/2t garlic salt, dash of pepper
- Garlic and Pepper butter
2 sticks of butter, 4 chopped cloves of sautéed garlic, 2t black pepper
Wet & Dry Rubs
Combine your favorite herbs and spices together to make a delicious rub that you can use to accent the flavor of your turkey. Rubs can help enhance the texture of the skin or give your bird a new and surprisingly tasty twist this holiday.
- Herb and Garlic rub
1T kosher salt, 2tsp ground black pepper, 1T dried thyme, 1T dried rosemary.
1T dried sage, 1tsp garlic powder
- Cajun-style rub
2T kosher salt, 2T onion powder, 1T garlic powder, 1T red pepper flakes, 1T paprika, 1/2T ground oregano
- Rosemary and Citrus Rub
¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves, 5 cloves of garlic, zest of one orange, zest of one lemon, 2T fresh thyme, 1tsp fresh citrus juice, 1tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1tsp salt (all blended in a food processor)
- Jerk-style rub (recommended for grilled, smoked or fried turkeys)
1 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup white sugar, ¼ cup salt, 2tsp garlic powder, 2tsp onion powder, 1tsp white pepper, 1tsp black pepper