With Thanksgiving Day around the corner, many of us would be busy making a guest list, and buying ingredients for the Thanksgiving dinner. If you happen to see dressed turkeys in the meat stalls then you know its the month of November. There are a few herbs that are associated with Thanksgiving food. These herbs add aroma and flavor to the food, giving a festive air to the whole house.
One of the popular herbs for marinating or stuffing the turkey is thyme. It blends well with lemon and therefore can be used to make a simple marinade with lemon, thyme leaves and salt. The stems of thyme are woody, so you should use only the tender leaves for cooking.
Both flat-leaf and curly parsley are available. To add aroma and flavor and also to garnish, flat-leaf parsley is the best. Choose only the tender leaves while, you can use the stem to flavor stocks.
This highly aromatic herb adds savory and flavor to chicken, turkey, beef and pork. To baste on the turkey, add fresh or dry rosemary to melted butter and then rub it thoroughly on the top of turkey. Add a couple of sprigs of rosemary to your table centerpiece, it gives a lovely fall scent to your home.
A herb that is very popular as Thanksgiving dressing is sage. It complements not only sweet dishes but also all dishes that contain pork, browned butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. To give a holiday fragrance to your home, boil sage and rosemary water in your stove.
These are not only used in turkey but also in vegetables. Since it mixes well with butter and cinnamon it can be used in baked food too. Chives give out a unique flavor when added to baked potatoes or yam.