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.
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.
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!
- 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
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- Left over marinade
- Wash the turkey pieces, dry and set them aside.
- In a blender, blend the orange juice, fresh thyme and other ingredients and pour into a bowl with the turkey wings.
- Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Sear turkey pieces on high heat in a pan wirh vegetable oil. It takes about 2 mins to brown one side.
- Place browned turkey pieces in a baking tray and coat with butter or oil.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until completely cooked.
- 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.