Tomorrow is Halloween, so it is officially time to start thinking about one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving! I love this holiday for so many reasons: the traditions, spending time with family, the food… And in the Record Family, we take our food seriously!
Several years ago, the “kids” decided to give the “parents” a break and take over preparing food for our annual Thanksgiving feast. Just another way we are transitioning traditions through the generations of our family! It is always fun to try new dishes along with savoring traditional sides. It seems that we all have our favorites to make (mine are mashed potatoes!) but we can’t ignore the importance of the main dish – the turkey! Here are a few of my favorite recipes that we have used the last few years, none will disappoint!
1) Clinton Kelly’s Lemon Sage Turkey
I found this recipe a couple of years ago and decided it would be the one I used when preparing my first Thanksgiving turkey! The recipe does not call for a brine, but after extensive conversations with Mindy, I decided to do one anyway. The flavors of this turkey are incredible! The citrus and sage combination was delicious. Just don’t skimp on the compound butter!
2) The Pioneer Woman Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey
If you are looking for a simple turkey that delivers a ton of classic flavors, this is the recipe for you! The Pioneer Woman recommends using a brine so be sure you are prepared to start the night before. Beyond that, this turkey does not take much work, which will give you plenty of time to focus on those delicious side dishes! The turkey is a gorgeous shade of brown and juicy when roasted to perfection!
3) Roast Turkey with Black Truffle Butter
While I can’t vouch for this recipe yet, I can’t wait to try it! I love anything with truffle flavor so I can only imagine what this would add to my Thanksgiving plate! The recipe looks a little more complicated in that you need to make a garlic confit, but if you are up for a challenge I suggest this recipe for a potentially big flavor payoff!
When choosing wine to pair with our Thanksgiving meal, I love the versatility of our 2012 Grenache Rosé and look forward to seeing how our newest release, the 2011 Randy’s Red stands up to some of the bolder Thanksgiving flavors.
Do you have a go-to turkey recipe? What wine do you plan to open this year?