I was asked this year to contribute a Thanksgiving turkey recipe to Relay’s site. They wanted something different.
Different, I thought. Hmmmmm.
I had to work with what the space at Relay allowed. They have a beautiful kitchen with all the amenities that a home cook or otherwise could hope for. But my favorite way to prepare a turkey for Turkey Day is to smoke it. That, they don’t have. Maybe I can push for one next year, but as for now, I had only a couple of weeks to work with before we left for vacation (we’re taking a surprise vacation in the beginning of November to Florida). I had to work with what I had and get creative.
I was asked to think outside the box and away from the typical herbs and stuffing kind of dinner. That’s no problem for me, but where to start? Then Rachel Patterson, Relay’s RD and my main contact, said the magic word: oranges. Yes, I thought, an orange-inspired turkey would be a great place to start.
The recipe is not published on Relay’s site yet so I won’t be adding it here until it’s ready on their end. I thought I might just show off some photos of the day and provide some early inspiration for all of you. An out-of-the-box turkey is a real, attainable goal, so get your thinking caps on and prepare for a brave new turkey world.
Instead of roasting some of the aromatics and flavoring components alongside the turkey, I did them in a separate dish. This way they would not overcook if the turkey took longer than expected.
Finally, the glaze and the gravy. All orange-inspired with a chai-spice flavor and a nice balance of sticky, sweet and tart.
Stay tuned for the full recipe! And if you use Relay, pick up a recipe card for this Turkey dish at any grocery pick up location!0