|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 10 to 12|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 2g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Injecting a turkey with a savory herb marinade adds flavor and tenderizes the meat from the inside. This simple recipe is loaded with the taste of bay leaf, thyme, sage, and garlic. It's a fantastic herb blend for your Thanksgiving turkey and sure to complement any side dishes served at the feast.
You will need a meat injector to use this turkey marinade. The large syringe has a broad tip that allows ingredients to pass through. However, the secret with an injection marinade is to ensure that the marinade is well mixed and that the herbs are fine enough to fit through the needle without clogging. Use a spice grinder to pulverize the dried bay, sage, and thyme leaves into a fine powder to ensure that happens. Also, be sure to use a fine setting on your pepper grinder.
The herbs and spices are simmered with oil, water, and Worcestershire sauce, and the mix is cooled to form a flavorful marinade. Once it's in the syringe, inject a couple of teaspoons into several locations all around the prepped turkey. Make sure the needle goes into the meat but not to the other side.
The herbal injection can be paired with turkey rubs and marinades if you also want to flavor the outside of the bird. Try to repeat this marinade's herbs, so you don't get any super contrasty flavors. You can also use it with a previously brined turkey but will want to eliminate the marinade's salt. When you're ready to cook, choose your favorite method. Roast the turkey or try frying, grilling, or smoking it; there's no need to adjust the usual cooking time.
1 large bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup light oil
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Place bay leaf, thyme, sage into a spice or coffee grinder and pulverize into a powder.
Combine the spices with the remaining ingredients in a saucepan.
Simmer over medium heat for five minutes, stirring often. The salt should be dissolved at this point. If not, let the mixture simmer for another 2 minutes.
Remove saucepan from heat and let the mixture cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
Load the syringe with marinade and inject into the breast, thigh, and leg. Do this a few times to spread out the seasoning. Wipe away any mixture that bubbles up to the top.
Season outside of turkey, cook as directed and serve.