How-To: Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Soaking a turkey overnight in a solution of salt and water ensures a moist, juicy interior; beautiful aromatics infuse it with flavor.

(Makes enough for one 17-20 pound turkey)

Ingredients:
7 quarts water
Farm & Larder brine mix
1 bottle dry white wine
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves

Tools:
5-gallon brining container (tub, stockpot, or bucket)
Large brining bag (included in your brining kit)

Method:
1. One day before roasting the turkey, bring 1 quart water and the brine mixture to a simmer, stirring until salt has dissolved. Let cool for 5 minutes.

2. To minimize cleanup, line a 5-gallon container with the brining bag. Place turkey in the bag and add salt mixture, remaining 6 quarts (24 cups) water, and the other ingredients. Tie bag tightly; if turkey is not fully submerged, weight it down with a plate. Refrigerate for 24 hours, flipping turkey once. (If there isn’t room in your refrigerator, place the turkey inside a cooler, and surround it with ice, replenishing as necessary to keep it at 40 degrees).

3. Remove turkey from brine one hour before roasting, and pat it dry inside and out. Let stand for up to an hour before roasting it to your preferred recipe’s specifications.

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Holiday Accoutrements Recipes

It’s almost turkey time—and while the holiday is looking different for many of us this year, we hope to help you find comfort and joy in the kitchen with a bevy of accoutrements like Challah bread, housemade citronette and organic cranberries, plus seasonal produce like red Garnet yams, Brussels sprouts, carrots, fennel and meaty Matsutake mushrooms. Also included: More provisions to incorporate into the day’s most classic dishes, from a turkey brining kit and fresh chestnuts to locally-milled flour for your pies, plus some creative recipe ideas in case you’re in the mood to add in something new this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are a few recipe ideas:

How-To: Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Soaking a turkey overnight in a solution of salt and water ensures a moist, juicy interior; beautiful aromatics infuse it with flavor.

Cranberry-Glazed Brie
Baked until the Brie is warm and gooey, and the cranberries are soft and spreadable, this appealing appetizer is a true holiday favorite.

Blood Orange, Radicchio & Fennel Salad with Citronette
A light, bright and refreshing addition to your Thanksgiving menu!

Rustic Challah Bread, Mushroom & Herb Dressing
Fragrant with fresh herbs and accented by toasted Challah bread and meaty mushrooms, this stuffing is always a hit!

Potatoes à la Robuchon
Of all the haute cuisine in legendary chef Joël Robuchon’s repertoire, he was best known for these super-silky potatoes.

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Bacon
A great holiday side!

Homemade Pumpkin Purée
Nothing quite beats a pie crafted from homemade pumpkin purée! Substitute this purée in any recipe calling for canned pumpkin.

Holiday Accoutrements Recipes

It’s almost turkey time—allow us to lend a helping hand with the big meal thanks to a beautiful assortment of housemade accoutrements like our earthy mushroom duxelles, apricot mostarda, cornbread mix and buttery galette dough, plus seasonal produce including pearl onions, fingerling potatoes, yams and Crimson Topaz apples. Also included: Provisions to incorporate into the day’s most classic dishes, from a brining kit and turkey stock to fresh chestnuts and locally-milled flour for your pies. Here’s to a happy holiday!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

How-To: Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Soaking a turkey overnight in a solution of salt and water ensures a moist, juicy interior; beautiful aromatics infuse it with flavor.

Potato-Leek Galette
A fantastic Thanksgiving appetizer or side!

How-To: Peel Pearl Onions
Master the art of peeling these petite beauties in just a few simple steps.

Glazed Pearl Onions
The longer these cook, the sweeter and more caramelized they become.

Mashed Potatoes with Duxelles
These decadent potatoes are mixed with mushroom duxelles for a satisfying finishing touch.

Potatoes à la Robuchon
Of all the haute cuisine in legendary chef Joël Robuchon’s repertoire, he was best known for these super-silky potatoes.

Cornbread-Sage Dressing with Caramelized Onions
Seasoned with fresh sage and caramelized red onions, this dressing will convert any stuffing lover.

Cranberry-Apple Galette
This country-style tart allows fall apples to shine, kissed with tart cranberries, brown sugar and a gorgeous honey glaze.

Apple Cider Syrup
Try it drizzled on apple pie!

Cranberry-Apple Galette

This country-style tart allows fall apples to shine, kissed with tart cranberries, brown sugar and a gorgeous honey glaze.

Ingredients:
Farm & Larder galette dough, chilled
4 apples
1 cup fresh cranberries, washed
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
5 tablespoons brown sugar
Pinch ground cinnamon

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 425° and prepare the filling: Peel apples, coring and cutting them into ¼ -inch slices. In a large bowl toss the apple slices with the cranberries and sprinkle in the cornstarch, brown sugar and cinnamon and toss until the fruit is evenly coated. Set aside.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough into a large circle about nine inches in diameter. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and draping the dough over the rolling pin, transfer to the prepared baking sheet. (If the dough breaks at all, patch it up with your fingers and a dab of ice water.)

3. Arrange the fruit filling in a mound in the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Dot the fruit with the butter, cut into small pieces. Fold the border over the filling. Bake the tart for 15 minutes, and then reduce the oven temperature to 350° and bake for another 40 minutes, until the apples and cranberries are juicy and tender and the crust is golden brown.

4. When the tart is done remove it from the oven and transfer to a plate to cool slightly. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

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