We have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. Thanksgiving Day itself is a wonderful gift of family, food, and friends. Here’s how we get things cooking at our place, starting with prepping the bird.
Our bird gets the “3 B’s” at Thanksgiving. Brine, Butter and Basting. My husband is in charge of the turkey. I’m in charge of the menu and preparation of everything else. I truly love spending the day in the kitchen, sampling and sipping Prosecco while I cook. Below you’ll discover how our Turkey Day comes together, starting with how we get a moist and tasty bird every time.
TheBrownLounge.com’s 3 Bs for the Best Bird:
Brine: 1 cup of sea salt to about 2 gallons of liquid. Use 1 gallon of apple cider + 1 gallon of water. Add herbs to the brine. Use rosemary, oregano, clove, etc. You really can’t hurt the brine.
Butter: separate the skin from the breast and push a softened butter mixture in between the meat and skin (you’ve got to be careful not to tear the skin) . Make a paste of softened butter, salt/pepper, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Take the remaining butter paste and smear it on the outside of the skin too.
Baste: make a baste of butter (about a pound) + a bottle of white wine + a quart of chicken stock. You’ll need more than you think. Baste every 30-40 minutes.
I’m a traditionalist when it comes to certain Thanksgiving holiday fixings. Everyone in the family expects classics like mashed potatoes and yams topped with toasted marshmallows. When it comes to pies, I always make pumpkin and pecan pies with my own crust from scratch. I do like to mix things up a bit with a new stuffing recipe each year. But there are definitely a few dishes that I make each and every year that are special to my family. Everyone looks forward to these seasonal specialties, and no one more than me.
Rocky Road is a homemade treat that satisfies the chocolate lovers in the family. (I always make enough for my Dad to take some back home with him after the holiday). Cranberry Chutney is another family fave that not only makes a great side dish for Turkey, but it can be given as a hostess or holiday gift packaged in a pretty jar, and wrapped in ribbon. Last, but certainly not least, is my all time favorite holiday dish, Potato Pie. It’s good to the last bite! Try one or all of our Turkey Day favorites. Your family will love you for it!
1) Potato Pie – Prosciutto, rosemary, caramelized onions and Gruyère cheese combine to add rich and delicious textures to a tender potato crust.
2) Cranberry Chutney – Pears, apples, ginger, hazelnuts and spices combine to add color, texture and taste to this classic Thanksgiving side dish!
3) Rockin Rocky Road – Simple and delicious!
Here’s to your Happy Thanksgiving!
Holly Brown, Publisher, Foodie
P.S. Here’s a useful link to TheFoodNetwork’s Top 10 Turkey Tips