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‘Talking Turkey’ at AllSpice: New Turkey and Poultry Seasoning

Turkey-and-Poultry-SeasoningIt’s time to talk turkey. An old American phrase that dates to back before our Revolutionary War, talking turkey means speaking frankly with someone, discussing hard facts, or getting to the point.

Experts aren’t clear on the exact origins of the idiom (some say it has something to do with colonists bargaining with indigenous people for wild game?), but for modern-day AllSpice staff, when we talk turkey, we mean we are getting down to serious business —- both figuratively and literally. Native to the US, the iconic turkey is synonymous with Thanksgiving feasting, and boy howdy, talking about best or favorite ways to prepare turkey for the feast is serious business around here.

Our new Turkey and Poultry Seasoning is a “seriously” tasty blend of ingredients, specifically chosen to add layers of flavor to your turkey. A little bit spicy, with lots of savory, this blend makes poultry preparations a breeze. Simply rub this seasoning under the skin and inside the cavity of the turkey or other poultry, then bake.

Don’t feel that you have to wait until Thanksgiving to use this blend, as the sage and chili flavors will enhance all of your poultry dishes, any time of year. We like to use Turkey and Poultry Seasoning ($5.60 for a 1/2 Cup jar) in savory pot pies, in chicken salad, and even in our post-holiday turkey noodle soup.

Turkey and Poultry Seasoning Contains: Salt, Sage, Pepper, Garlic, Onion, Chili, Paprika, and Other Spices.

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Chicken Apple Sausage

INGREDIENTS

1 lb ground chicken or turkey, not too lean (I used ground chicken thighs)
2/3 Cup peeled and finely-chopped apple
2 Tbsp extra virgin oil, or your preferred cooking fat
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Poultry seasoning or 1 tsp Rory Brown Sausage Seasoning
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
1/4 tsp Onion Powder or 1 tbsp fresh minced onion

 

STEPS

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken or turkey with the apples, spices, and salt & pepper and mix well with your hands to fully combine.

There are two ways to cook the sausage: Stovetop or Oven

For the Stovetop
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil, ghee or other cooking fat, allowing it to melt, if necessary. Form prepared sausage mixture into 8 small patties and arrange in the pan. Adjust the heat (lower might be better to avoid burning) to evenly brown patties, about 3 minutes per side.

Use a spatula to remove sausage patties from the pan. Serve right away, or allow to cool before storing patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator (or freezer) for later use.

For the Oven
Preheat your oven to 425°F. Add the olive oil, ghee, or other cooking fat, to the sausage mixture, using your hands or a wooden spoon to combine ingredients thoroughly.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and divide the mixture, forming 8 small patties. Arrange patties on the foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for about 15 minutes (at this point, when pressed with a spatula, the patties’ juices are clear), flipping the sausage patties once after about 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately, or allow to cool before storing tightly-wrapped patties in the refrigerator or freezer.

 

 

Adapted from The Paleo Running Mama

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Nashville Hot Chicken Dip

INGREDIENTS

1  8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
1/4 Cup buttermilk
2 Cups cooked, shredded chicken
3/4 Cup Panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp brown sugar
4 tsp Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning
1/4 Cup bread and butter pickles, diced

STEPS

Preheat oven to 250°F. Using an electric mixer or food processor, mix together the cream cheese and buttermilk, blending until mixture is creamy. Add 2 tsp of the Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning and mix until seasoning is fully incorporated. Fold in shredded chicken and blend until just combined. Transfer to a medium-sized, heatproof bowl.

Place bread crumbs, melted butter, and remaining Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning in a bowl and combine. Spread bread crumbs evenly over top of the dip.

Bake in oven for 20 minutes, or until the dip is heated through.
Top with diced pickles and serve while warm.

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Nashville-style Hot Chicken

To keep the oil at just the right temperature for frying the chicken, you should have a candy / deep fry thermometer, or a deep fryer with adjustable temperature settings. To check chicken for doneness during/after frying, you will need an instant-read meat thermometer as well.

INGREDIENTS

Two 3-1/2 or 4-pound chickens, cut up and breasts halved
1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp plus 4 tsp kosher salt
4 large eggs
2 Cups buttermilk or whole milk
2 Tbsp vinegar-based hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
4 Cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil (for frying; up to about 10 Cups)
4 Tbsp Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning

White bread and sliced pickles (for serving)

STEPS

Rinse and pat dry the pieces of chicken, then sprinkle pieces with pepper and 1 Tbsp salt. Transfer to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for three hours (or take this step and chill the chicken up to one day ahead of cooking).

Whisk together four eggs, buttermilk, and Tabasco (or other vinegary hot) sauce in a large (broad) bowl until thoroughly combined. In another wide bowl, season the four Cups flour with the remaining 4 tsp kosher salt.

Using a Dutch oven, deep cast iron skillet, or deep fryer, pour in enough vegetable oil so that it is 2″ deep. (A narrower pan will require less oil to reach 2″ depth; a broader pan requires more oil, but can fry more pieces of chicken at a single time). Secure deep fry / candy thermometer on the pan and heat oil over medium-high heat, checking thermometer frequently until oil measures 325°F.

Once again, pat the chicken pieces dry. Take one piece of chicken at a time, and prepare for frying: roll in the flour, tapping to remove excess, then dip in the egg-buttermilk mixture, holding above the bowl to let extra liquid drip off. Repeat the dredging in flour, and set aside the breaded piece of chicken on a rimmed baking sheet.

Depending on the width of your Dutch oven, frying pan, or deep fryer, and using long heatproof tongs, place one or several pieces of chicken in the hot oil. Fry the chicken, turning every several minutes, until the breading outside looks golden brown and crispy.

Use the meat thermometer to make certain white meat pieces have an internal temp of at least 160°F, and dark meat pieces of chicken are at least 165°F. Each batch of chicken should take 15 – 18 min to cook.  Allow vegetable oil to reheat to 325°F between batches. Remove chicken from the fryer to a clean wire cooling rack, set inside a rimmed baking sheet to allow the excess oil to drip off. When you have finished cooking the chicken, turn off heat and allow the vegetable oil to cool slightly.

In a heatproof bowl, whisk the Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning with 1 Cup of the slightly-cooled frying oil to make a spicy paste. Brush each piece of fried chicken generously with spicy oil.

Serve fried chicken on white bread, topped with sliced pickles.
Do ahead: Chicken can be seasoned 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.

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How Hot Is It? Nashville Hot Chicken Is *Really* Hot (and delicious)

hot-chicken-sign-Big-Shakes-Franklin-TennesseeWhen it comes to fried chicken, some like it hot. Really hot.

Hot chicken, aka Nashville hot chicken, is Music City’s culinary specialty, spicy fried chicken, served on slices of squishy white bread. A staple for the hungry late-night crowd, Nashville hot chicken has a crispy outer coating of sweet sugar, garlic, and fiery cayenne (and other) chiles.

Just how popular is hot chicken? Well, it has become such a hit that for the past 10+ years, Nashville citizens have created the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival that takes place every Independence Day. The festival features a fire truck parade, live music, a hot chicken cookout, and lots and lots of hot chicken. And the craze has spread to cities far from the Grand Ol Opry, with national news organizations reporting on hot chicken joints in LA so popular, your carry-out order has to be placed up to one month in advance.

Love the hot chicken, but don’t have time to organize a fire truck parade, or the forethought to order takeout a month ahead of time?
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