There’s more to wine than sips by the glass. This month, we’re partnering with Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt to share tips, insights and recipes featuring wine as the main ingredient.
You aren’t the only one who enjoys a good Pinot on Thanksgiving. This year, why not give your bird a drink with this flavorful, wine-based brine?
Yes, in recent years, brining turkeys has become a fairly commonplace method to give the traditional Thanksgiving dish a better chance at staying nice and juicy while also infusing a lot more flavor. Thanks to the soft fruit notes of red wine along with a bit of five spice powder, fresh herbs and juniper, you’ll have a bath that will give your turkey a beautiful, slightly wine-hued bronzed coat and an intriguing flavor that will make a lasting impression this Thanksgiving.
And what about the gravy?
There’s no better fit for a wine-brined turkey than a pinot noir gravy. The simplicity of the gravy recipe below begs for great quality ingredients, so be sure to use a wonderful wine and nice, flavorful stock. Trust your instincts when seasoning – the amount of salt you choose to use will depend on the salinity of your drippings, so season to taste.