Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means it is time to start planning your holiday menu. The centerpiece of any Thanksgiving meal is the turkey and we have some helpful hints and recipes to share that will help you wow your guests.
Use a maple glaze on poultry
Items like chicken and turkey are often a part of a holiday meal. Whether you are making a family holiday meal or preparing something special for friends that visit, maple glazes can be just what you need. While many might not think of using maple on poultry, it can actually be a perfect fit. Here are a few tips for cooking poultry with maple glaze.
Tips for using a maple glaze on poultry
Cook poultry completely before adding your glaze – While some meats can cook with a glaze; when it comes to poultry it is important to cook it until it is fully cooked before adding a glaze. The glaze would be added towards the end of cooking time.
Some glazes can work well as marinades – Slice poultry into smaller pieces and marinate in a maple glaze to add flavor to your next recipe.
Cooking on a lower heat can help to avoid glazes burning – When cooking with a maple glaze, it is more likely that it can burn. Cook at a slightly lower heat to accommodate the faster cook time of maple syrup.
Combine garlic, marjoram, salt, and pepper in a small bowl; set aside. For the glaze, stir together the orange juice and cornstarch in a small saucepan; add half of the seasoning mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in maple glaze and orange peel; set aside.
Brush the turkey roast with melted butter and rub with the remaining seasoning mixture. Insert a meat thermometer near the center of the roast.
For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place the turkey roast directly on the grill rack over the pan. Cover; grill for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until thermometer registers 165 degrees F. Add coals to maintain heat every 30 minutes. Brush with glaze the last 30 minutes of grilling. Remove meat from the grill. Cover with foil; let stand for 15 minutes before carving. (The meat’s temperature will rise 5 degrees while standing.)
Bring any remaining glaze to boiling; pass with turkey.
Side dishes are another place where you can use maple syrup and glazes to make them special!
Heat oven to 425°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.
Combine olive oil, maple glaze, and apple cider vinegar into a small bowl or 1-cup measuring cup and whisk until smooth.
Place the prepared root vegetables into a large mixing bowl. Pour the maple oil over the vegetables and toss until they’re evenly coated.
Spread the vegetables evenly between the two baking sheets. Ensure that none of the vegetables are too tightly packed together. There will be residual maple oil at the bottom of the bowl, so pour that over the vegetables and toss on a pan until evenly coated. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt and pepper.
Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Remove the sheets from the oven, stir the vegetables, then return to the oven and roast for an additional 20 minutes. Remove the sheets from the oven one final time and sprinkle the pecans over the vegetables. Return to the oven to roast for 5 additional minutes.
Remove the baking sheets from the oven and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.
Toasting the Holidays
Thanksgiving is the perfect time for adding maple syrup to hot drinks. It’s a delicious way to add sweetness to a drink in a healthy way. Even better, the flavor of maple goes perfectly with many fall drinks. Add just a little or a lot, depending on the flavor profile you are going for. Maple syrup is the perfect way to sweeten up a cup of coffee at the end of a meal as well. So add a little maple sweetness to your favorite beverage and enjoy!
Maple Apple Cider
8 cups unpasteurized apple cider
3″ cinnamon stick
10 whole cloves
3/4 navel orange
2″ piece of peeled, fresh ginger cut into 6 slices