A Different Take on Turkey for the Holidays

If you are entertaining guests around Christmas, following up Thanksgiving and all of the turkey and dressing (or stuffing, depending on your preference) and cranberry sauce can be daunting, especially if you want to make it different.  Here is a twist on a traditional type of meal that should give your guests a new culinary experience.

Start with the turkey. But, in this case, don’t roast it the usual way. Put some kick in the flavor with BBQ sauce and soy sauce. Did you know that the November 2016 Association for Dressings and Sauces Condiment Survey found that 40 percent of Americans use BBQ sauce and 27 percent use Asian sauces as a baking ingredient. When roasting the turkey, you will add in soy sauce, BBQ sauce, black pepper, salt and butter and finish it with lemons, onions, the crucial bay leaf, and garlic.  The full recipe for BBQ roast turkey is here.

Then, while that is in the oven, prepare a tasty soup. With lean corned beef and acorn squash as a starting point, you will be tantalizing the palate through peppercorns, nutmeg, mace, bay leaf (there is that bay leaf again), juniper berries, chives and cloves. Add in prepared horseradish, walnuts and cream, and you’ll have a soup that can also double as a hearty snack for the next day with this Acorn Squash Soup.

While its fun to change it up, don’t forget the sweet potatoes. Here is a recipe that you may not have tried, that brings them together with honey mustard and ground ginger. The recipe for Mustard Mashed Sweet Potato is here.

Add your favorite green vegetable recipe (you know you need something green), and dessert and enjoy.  Your guests will appreciate your new take on the turkey dinner!