Seasonal ingredients to make your Thanksgiving dinner more delicious

It’s Thanksgiving week, and we’re so excited!

Here are a few of the special ingredients we like to use in our Turkey-Day cooking and entertaining that we wanted to highlight this week. You might find them helpful, too:

Gobble, gobble. Are you in charge of making the turkey this Thanksgiving? How do you do manage to make this year’s feast the Best One Ever? We don’t claim to have all the answers, but when it comes to making a juicy, flavorful turkey or chicken, we do have several ingredients that take your bird to the next level.

  • Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil pairs the green herbaceous taste of sage with the earthy, savory taste of wild mushrooms. Perfect for drizzling over turkey, chicken, or pork before the brined beast gets roasted or grilled.
  • Our Turkey and Poultry Seasoning is a seriously tasty blend of ingredients, specifically chosen to add layers of flavor to your turkey. A little bit spicy, with lots of savory, this blend makes poultry prep a breeze. Simply rub this seasoning under the skin and inside the cavity of the turkey or other poultry, then bake.
  • Herbed Poultry Seasoning Blend can be used as a dry rub – or combine with olive oil for a wet rub. Thyme, sage, pepper, coriander, marjoram, and parsley combine for The thyme, sage, pepper, coriander, marjoram, and parsley combine for a savory seasoning mix for pork, fish, chicken, and turkey.
  • Having a brine time. And don’t forget the Thanksgiving chef’s Secret Weapon: BRINING. When being grilled or roasted, lean meats [like turkey or chicken] tend to get dried out. Brining a bird, bathing it in a salty, spiced solution, before cooking makes it juicy and infuses it with flavor.AllSpice’s exclusive Brining Mix, a blend of [lucky] 13 herbs and spices. Follow the directions on the label [1 Cup Brining Mix in 2 Cups boiling water; cool and dilute with 1 gallon water] and give the bird up to four hours’ “beauty soak” in the fridge.

Want to try all four of these sure-fire turkey-making tactics? Pick up our GOBBLE [aka “Turkey Thyme”] Brining Kit ($28). It has those critical ingredients you need to brine and roast moist, delicious poultry [or pork]
An instruction card rounds out the GOBBLE Brining Kit, with additional ideas for brining fun throughout the year.

Looking for an original gift idea? The Gobble Brining Kit also makes a thoughtful hostess gift for the “gifted” chef who already has a well-stocked pantry.

Other favorite Thanksgiving ingredients:

Herbed Olive Oils, especially Toasted Onion and Cilantro Olive Oil ($14.75), and Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil. Herbed Olive Oils taste as though they were made for Thanksgiving. Add either one to stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or your turkey marinade. They also make wonderful dressings for grain salads (think quinoa, farro, barley or rice)!

The Great Pumpkin. Halloween has passed us by, but it is still prime season for everything pumpkin. Our Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil is made by pressing roasted, hulled pumpkin seeds or “pepitas.” It has an intense nutty taste and is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, and its relatively low smoke point (250°F) makes it well-suited for use as a finishing oil, or in recipes that cook over very low heat.

Use Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil ($20) in salad dressings, desserts (think: pumpkin bread and pie, pastries and even ice cream).  Switch up your usual Thanksgiving sweet potatoes with a drizzle of Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil. This is also a wonderful oil to finish roasted squash, or soups and wintry stews, or to dress dark leafy greens like kale, chard, or spinach.