As an adult who has developed a knack for cooking tasty dishes myself, I have come to appreciate that critical step to flavor – the seasonings.
I share with you my secret blend of seasonings that I spend almost as much time preparing as my mother did before me, secure in the knowledge that it’s certain to add to the perfection of my turkey and stuffing on Christmas day.
Shop around at your favorite green grocers or market vendors and try to get your seasonings as fresh, and crisp as possible for your seasoning bottle. Better yet, if your have a vegetable garden, now is the time to pick your bundles.
Get your utensils together and let’s get our seasoning prep on!
My secret flavor buster of herb seasonings for your Christmas Turkey.
Tools You’ll Need
3 bundles Chives
5 full bundles of Chadon bene (or Bandanna)
1 1/2 fist-sized bundles of Small Thyme
4 bundles of Celery
1 fist-sized bundle of large Spanish Thyme
2 fist-sized bundles of fresh Parsley (small curly leaf)
10 pimento peppers (full sized; mix of red and green)
2 Heads of Garlic
1) Cut off limp stems of green seasonings making sure to keep the healthy, crisp stems
2) Wash each bundle of greens carefully over strainer in sink
3) Do a rough cut up of Parsely, Chives. Celery, Chadon Bene and Spanish Thyme and set aside in one of your bowls
4) Do a quick blend of these ingredients in the bowl
5) Use separate dish to cut pimentos in large chunks; keep seeds depending on how hot you prefer your seasoning
6) Garlic should only be cut in halves IF the cloves are really large. The blender tends to do a better job on the garlic
Blending the Seasonings
15 minutes before blending, set aside 1 cup of boiling water to cool to a moderate temperature
Have your blender prepared and proceed as follows:
BLEND: start with pulse, then chop, then mix.
Aim for a nice, semi-rough, chopped texture. Avoid purée
Once that first batch has been blended:
1) Place hand held strainer over your 2nd bowl and pour out contents of the blender jar. Allow the excess liquid to drain into bowl.
2) Add blended seasonings from strainer into your 3rd bowl
Repeat steps for the remaining portion of un-blended seasonings using some of the strained liquid.
Add new batch of seasoning to previous batch. Gently mix with spoon.
Fill your bottles with blended seasonings. Secure the lids tightly. Add your favorite condiments (or just a touch of salt and pepper) for taste as per your preference.