Thanksgiving can be a time of mixed emotions. While most people appreciate the way the holiday brings together family and friends over the bounty of the season, it’s also a stark reminder that the coldest, darkest days are nearly upon us.
The meal itself (particularly the turkey) often conjures up either feelings of nostalgia (the way Grandma used to make it…delicious!) or outright fright (the way Aunt Frieda used to make it… yikes!).
Beyond this, turkey can be a tough bird to cook. Most of the complaints stem from the fact that it’s either too bland or too dry. If the latter is a problem that plagues you, we suggest reviewing and committing to memory these tips: buy a fresh bird, take your oven’s temperature, baste often and (duh!) don’t overcook.
But, if bland is what bothers you, perhaps your Thanksgiving routine is in need of a shake-up. The sides often steal the show and with that in mind, the team at Rustik would like to propose a few simple stuffing solutions to accompany the much-maligned bird:
- Sage, Porcini and Pancetta Stuffing (Spork Me)
- Blueberry, Rosemary, and Almond Stuffing (Latino Foodie)
- Country Stuffing with Sausage, Dried Plums and Kale (The Bitten Word)
- Rosemary Whole-Wheat Stuffing with Figs and Hazelnuts (Vegetarian Times)
- Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples (Food52)
In the same vein, Rustik loves the unconventional; here are three unique turkey recipes you might try this year, just to change it up. Of course, we hope you don’t cry ‘fowl!’
- Orange roasted turkey (Ricardo Cuisine)
- Harissa roasted turkey (New York magazine)
- Braised turkey a la Mark Bittman (The Kitchn)
From all of us at Rustik, Happy Thanksgiving.