Happy Thankgiving Canada
And EID-UL-ADHA MUBARAK!
This year Thanksgiving and Eid-ul-Adha is just around the same time and I am so happy to announce that I have
been given the wonderful opportunity by MINA HALAL to cook their 100% Halal,
Hand Slaughtered, HMA certified Turkey.
I have wanted to cook and devour a whole Turkey for years. I always loved its flavour distinctive taste from the
salamis we ate, but my heart always craved the real deal. But, because Halal Turkey was rarely available and
inconvenient to find; I just never got my hands on one until today!
I must thank Salima from Halal Foodie about getting a wonderful Grade A, Halal Turkey all for the price of zero in order to do a promotion on my blog. This was a perfect opportunity for me !
I decided to make my Turkey my own way, by following the traditional method but with my own selection of herbs
and spices. I am not usually the typical person, always looking out for a bit of a twist in everything I do! I once saw a
video somewhere on the world wide web about Smoking a whole Bird! Smoked flavour achieved
by roasting in the oven. Unfortunately though, I had not noted down that recipe and
I was really interested in making my Turkey that way! Being the absolute recipe hunter I am, I began
my mission to create my own smoked flavoured Turkey roast.
I achieved my smokey flavour by using Club House Mix spices. I love Club House to pieces. Their unique spices
have made my busy life a lot easier. I love to combine their grill spices in my cooking to get an
amazing tasty flavour. So, this time I turned to my best friend in the Spice Aisle in the Superstore.
I chose Clubhouse “Chipotle Pepper Marinade”
These two spice mixes gave me my ultimate smokey flavor. Not too crazy but mild.
Whenever you use spices that have been roasted or toasted along with chipotle you
will get an amazing smokey flavour yet very tender well cooked meat.
Here is the rest of my Recipe
WHOLE TURKEY ( THAWED AND CLEANED)
1 cup Softened Butter
1/4 cup Olive oil
Zest of 1 Lemon
1/2 cup juice of Lemon
Sea Salt (as much as needed)
2-3 Tablespoons Fresh Garlic chopped or garlic Paste
Generous amount (Approximately 6-8 Tablespoons
of Club House Roasted Garlic and Pepper
3-5 Tablespoons of Club House Chipotle Marinade
Vegetables (For stuffing and as side dish)
3-4 LARGE CARROTS SLICED
2 ONIONS HALVED/QUARTERED
EGGPLANT THICKLY SLICED
1-2 CUPS GREEN PEAS
Stuffing: (Just for flavour)
One large onion
few bay leaves
– After Thawing the Turkey as instructed on the back of its’ label, take it out of the refrigerator.
– Wash and clean.
–Place on a big pan and using thick paper towels rub off the excessive water from the Turkey.
– By using your hand, gently loosen the skin from the Turkey but don’t tear or pull off. Just loosen so the spices can be rubbed just beneath the skin
–Drain any water from inside the cavity and stuffing areas.
–Take all the ingredients as measured except for the vegetables into a big bowl and whisk it up!
– Place the vegetables on the bottom of a roasting pan of your choice that is big enough to fit your bird.
– Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper on the vegetables. The Turkey will roast on top of the veggies. And the veggies will have an amazing flavour!
– Now, take the Turkey and very gently create a ball from the butter and spice mixture and place on the opening of the skin/neck/cavity under the skin and close the skin. Then with your hand push the spice mixture all over and all around the turkey. Keep repeating until you feel the whole bird has been covered.
– Rub the spice mix inside the stuffing area and place the stuffing ingredients. They will help the bird stay tender from inside out.
– All the rest of the mixture should go on top of the bird rubbed all over the Turkey generously.
Now the Turkey is ready to go in the oven at 350 Fahrenheit.
Place the turkey over the vegetables in the roasting pan. Bake/cook for 2-3 hours.
Keep the bird covered for first 1 hour. Then remove the foil cover and keep basting every 30 minutes until fully cooked.
Once cooked, leave the Turkey inside your oven. Turn off the oven and let the Turkey sit for another 2 hours for the flavours to mingle and set. This allows the Turkey to achieve more flavour.
I served my Delicious Smokey Turkey with:
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
(Cooked from the Turkey broth by reducing it in a sauce pan and adding 1 tablespoons of Corn starch to it.)
The vegetables cooked under the Turkey
Matar Polaw (Green peas with Basmati rice)
Cooking a Turkey takes a long process, but I would do it again if I had to! Because, we all loved it.
Few of my friends came over to taste it and they were surprised to taste something unique with the Smokey Flavor.
Last but not least, I succeeded in pleasing my Picky eater Mother in Law ! LoL She likes all Desi Food but
I did notice her going for seconds with that Matar Pulaw and Cranberry Sauce which she said tasted like
ANCHAR (Desi/south Asian sweet pickles)
The Gravy was absolutely divine by the way! And my hubby was surprised it was Home Made
For More Information on How to Cook a Perfect Turkey Dinner for your upcoming home gathering/event
And do let me know what you thought of my first ever attempt at Turkey Dinner below!
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