Orange Thyme Turkey

Orange-thyme turkey

Turkey is now a staple protein in our household diet since I’ve cut down on my red meat consumption. Turkey is a lean meat that takes well to seasoning and that’s one of the reasons I love cooking with it.

Orange-thyme turkey

Marinating meat is a common feature in cooking school and it has rubbed off on my personal meat marinating at home.Since I had a large box of turkey pieces in my freezer; I decided to try out different marinades instead of having the same seasoning for the entire batch.

I had fresh thyme in my fridge (honestly, there’s something about fresh thyme, if you start using these beauties you won’t ever stop…thyme is a special herb, I tell you); and I also had a bag of oranges so I decided to make an orange-thyme marinade for my turkey.

Orange-thyme turkey

The flavours were a hit and I served 2 friends who came over that afternoon for lunch; they loved it. 

So if you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, let’s get marinating! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-12 turkey pieces 
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme (remove the leaves;discard stem) or 1 teaspoon of dry thyme (If you use dry thyme, don’t blend it with the other ingredients, just add it in after blending)
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper/atarodo
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A little piece of ginger
  • A handful of chopped onions
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter or vegetable oil

Turkey Coating/Glaze 

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Left over marinade
  • Butter

METHOD 

  1. Wash the turkey pieces, dry and set them aside.
  2. In a blender, blend the orange juice, fresh thyme and other ingredients and pour into a bowl with the turkey wings. 
  3. Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. Sear turkey pieces on high heat in a pan wirh vegetable oil. It takes about 2 mins to brown one side.
  5. Place browned turkey pieces in a baking tray and coat with butter or oil.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until completely cooked.
  7. In a separate pan, boil down/reduce the left over turkey marinade; then add the sugar ; add the turkey pieces and stir to coat with the reduction.

Serve warm with rice, plantains etc.

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Orange-thyme turkey

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