I am jumping on the Thanksgiving themed blog posts, by asking you to take a look at your herb cupboard. Do you have all the herbs you need to make your cooking sing for this special meal? Here are a list of herbs you can use for Thanksgiving, and where to find recipes to use them to their best advantage.
- Rosemary and Sage - Your turkey can be deliciously flavored using rosemary and sage. Remember the hand rubbed sage powder that you made this summer? Now is the time to use it! Rosemary can be used fresh or dried. Mix these herbs with softened butter. Separate the skin from the turkey gently. Using your fingertips, push the seasoned butter in between the skin and breast of the turkey. Smooth the skin back down over the bird and work the butter around as much as you can. I also like to add some additional rosemary to my potatoes. It ties them in to the flavors of the turkey very nicely. Use your sage in the stuffing mixture. Because I also add it to my turkey preparation, I use a light hand in the stuffing recipe. Sage is fantastic, but can overwhelm a meal if used in too high proportions.
- Garlic -My potatoes also get a healthy dose of garlic added to them. Try cooking the garlic along with the potatoes for a rich, garlic flavor without the bitterness that can sometimes result. While you are cooking up the garlic in your potatoes, try placing some an unpeeled garlic bulb onto foil and drizzle with olive oil. Close up the foil around the garlic and bake in the oven, along with your other sides. I try to roast it for about 30 minutes, but test it for doneness depending on the temperature of your oven. The garlic is finished roasting when the cloves feel soft in their skins. Now use these sweet, roasted cloves in any of your Thanksgiving cooking that calls for it.
- Chives - Cut your chives back and use them in all your holiday dips. They also taste great in your green bean casserole and sprinkled on the mashed potatoes, just before serving.
These are just a few of the tasty ways you can use some of your herbs this Thanksgiving. There are many other dishes that will benefit from the sparkle of fresh or freshly dried herbs. Make use of what you grew this year and pull out those recipe books! Here are some links for more ways to use herbs in your holiday cooking.
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