Alright now that I shared my favorite way to cook the best Thanksgiving day turkey let's move onto my second favorite thing... The mashed potatoes and gravy! Seriously when I was a kid I went on some sort of meat strike and literally only ate mashed potatoes and gravy for Thanksgiving dinner for a few years. And whats crazy to me is that my child wont touch them but will eat turkey :)
Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes
I am kind of a mashed potato snob :) I mean if I am going to eat the starch and carbs they had better be really creamy and good! This recipe is seriously delicious! Now I have altered it a tad here and there and replaced the heavy cream with sour cream and both are delicious. With the addition of Rosemary Vitality and Black Pepper Vitality these are winner winner chicken dinner (or should I say turkey dinner :)
Now in my world mashed potatoes would not be complete without delicious homemade gravy! I seriously love to take the ladle and make a nice big puddle of gravy right in the middle :) This recipe can be made using the delicious drippings from the turkey as well as using stock or a combination of the two. I also like to use pink Himalayan Sea Salt in lieu of kosher salt. Adding in Sage, Thyme and Black Pepper Vitality essential oils give it just the right amount of seasoning but feel free to experiment. I am one of those cooks who throws a little of this and that in while cooking and I totally go off recipe all the time :)
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and delicious food!
Last week I shared some tips and tricks for using Vitality Essential Oils for cooking but now I want to share the by far best way to cook your turkey this Thanksgiving using your vitality essential oils a few other secret tips :)
First things first: To Brine or not to Brine
Do you want your turkey to be super juicy and full of flavor? I am sure no one here wants a dry turkey like the Griswold Family had in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. So I love to brine my turkey for about 24 hours in Simply Organics Turkey Brine. By taking this extra step you are marinating your bird which will help it stay juicy and actually cook faster.
Turkey Injection Sauce
The next important step is to make this delicious oil infused turkey injection sauce. This recipe is super simple and has a few of my favorite Vitality Essential Oils that I love to cook with such as Oregano Vitality, Thyme Vitality, Lemon Vitality and Black Pepper Vitality. Now if you don't have a fancy injector you can use another method. (Picture me saying this in my best Julia Child's impression) Buttering the breasts! Yes this one you kind of have to get a little personal with your bird but its worth it :) Simply separate the skin from the breast and rub the butter mixture all over the turkey breasts.
Best cooking tip ever!
Now I have to share my super secret cooking tip for the best turkey ever! I am not generally one to order anything from an infomercial but the Turbo Turkey Roaster is hands down the only way I will cook a bird for the big day! It is basically a glorified mason jar with a metal straw but this little contraption actually steams the turkey from the inside, helping to reduce cooking time to half and keeping the meat juicy. I know you might be a little skeptic here. Frankly I was too and the first time I used it I put the turkey in super early because I did not think it would cook it in such a short time but it did and I will never be without it.
Now that may seam like a lot of work but let me tell you it is all worth it! This is my tried and true method of cooking the best Turkey ever!! Happy Cooking!