We are not sure who is hosting our family Thanksgiving meal this year and may not be together at all! It makes me sad this year but it's what we have to do to make sure everyone especially my mother stays safe this year.
But one thing is for sure: Extra virgin olive oil will play a key role. Good olive oil adds flavor to a variety of dishes, from mashed spuds or sweet potatoes to pecan pie. It also keeps the turkey moist, when rubbed on beforehand. And olive oil is a healthful alternative to butter. Below are 5 ways for using olive oil in your Thanksgiving feast – in everything from mashed potatoes and cornbread to vegetables and the Thanksgiving bird itself.
Give roasted veggies like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, or yams a finishing drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil for added flavor. We’d opt for our Blood Orange, Rosemary, or Koroneiko EVOO.
If you have a flavor injector, use it to inject olive oil into the breast and thighs of the turkey just before roasting. You could also try olive oil infused with Meyer Lemon, Rosemary, or Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).
Rather than rub your turkey with butter, rub it with olive oil beforehand. For added flavor, use an herb-infused olive oil rub. Combine fresh sage, thyme, garlic, and olive oil and rub that mixture under and over the skin, infusing the meat with flavor and helping keep it moist (Get cooking with the turkey recipe here.)
Swap out melted butter for olive oil in baked goods like cornbread. Why melt the butter if Butter EVOO is already liquid and available! Use your favorite cornbread recipe, substituting extra virgin for melted butter.
Make your mashed potatoes with olive oil instead of butter and cream. We offer many olive oils that taste so wonderful in mashed potatoes like Black Truffle, Butter, Tuscan Herb, Garlic, and Rosemary.
You can also find more Thanksgiving recipes in our recipe section!