All of these scrumptious Thanksgiving recipes are from Chef English's newest cookbook Cooking In Everyday English, The ABCs of Great Flavor At Home, sold at HSN.com. In addition to his amazing holiday recipes, Chef English also shares cooking tips that will make every dish an attention-getter.
The grill for Thanksgiving turkey? You bet! I can attest that brining and grilling the holiday bird not only results in knee-weakening juicy meat, it also gives the turkey that distinctive smoky flavor that roasting will never deliver.
Chef English agrees: "This is a fantastic technique for cooking your holiday turkey because so often with turkey, the breast dries out before the dark meat finishes cooking, but butterflying the bird allows it to cook more evenly. Ask your butcher to do the work and flatten for you. Always buy organic turkey -- in order to avoid those injected with salt solutions -- so that you can safely brine the bird at home. The technique adds flavor and moisture, and I promise, it will be the moistest, most delicious turkey you've ever cooked!"
Serves 8 to 10
Instead of the usual bread stuffing for your Thanksgiving turkey, give spoon bread a try. "I grew up in Georgia, and this spoon bread takes me right back to my childhood," Chef English excitedly says. "This is an incredible side dish that pairs perfectly on the table with your holiday meal, and it's always a crowd pleaser -- especially with the kids!"
Panna cotta is a more stunning and elegant dessert than the traditional pumpkin pie. This panna cotta recipe is made with soy milk, in case you have dairy-free holiday guests. "I'm constantly driving my team crazy by 'Todd-izing' classic recipes, but I love finding one unique twist on classics," says Chef English. "Soy milk has never tasted as good as it does in this version of panna cotta. The creamy texture of the soy milk is complemented by the bright, clean flavor of the blackberries. I love this dessert because it's so balanced in its sweet and fresh flavors, and it just leaves you with that feel-good, satisfied feeling at the end of your meal."
Love figs? So does Chef English. "I absolutely love figs and this combo with rosemary lends an autumnal flavor to this feisty little libation," says the celebrity chef. "Lillet is a fantastic citrusy spirit that adds even more character to the pronounced flavor medley. Sip on this awhile, and you may break into a rap as the name suggests. You can also substitute the rum for gin like we do at my Olives restaurant, which gives it a bit more of a wintery flavor."
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