Turkey Chocolate Sauce? Huh?
Much as I would like to take the credit for the funky flavor match in this turkey with chocolate sauce, I still hasten to say I am not the original turkey-and-chocolate matchmaker. But I am proud to say I am the one who thought of pairing jasmine and chocolate in this fabulous recipe.
Don’t change anything:
Because my roast turkey chocolate sauce is perfect just as it is!
You’ll knock their socks off on your next Thanksgiving Dinner! To all those of you who buy meat and poultry form regular butcher stores: I can’t recommend buying a kosher turkey enough! The salt is koshered in, which makes it ideally moist, tender and succulent. (BTW this is why I never include salt in my ingredients.)
Additionally, here are my useful tips for perfect turkey, not just on Thanksgiving but year round! Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 large red onions, chopped fine (save the onion skin)
- 6 cups strong green jasmine tea, decaf ok
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- Dozen bay leaves, or 2 teaspoons ground
- 1 tablespoon ground pepper
- 1 12 to 14 pound turkey, preferably fresh, or frozen and completely thawed
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 °F.
Combine the olive oil, onions, onion skins, tea, turmeric, paprika and bay leaves in a roasting pan. Place the turkey in the pan, breast side down. Cover the pan loosely with foil, and bake for about 2 1/2 hours. Turn the turkey over, discard the foil, and bake uncovered about 1 hour more, or a little longer, until the breast gets a deep amber color, and the juices run clear when you pierce the breast with a knife. Transfer the turkey onto a slicing board.
Let the turkey rest about 15 minutes before slicing. While the turkey rests and gets sliced, reduce the liquid in the pan on a high flame to about 3-4 cups (if that’s all you have left, then don’t reduce), and strain, pressing hard on the solids to extract the most flavor.
Stir in the chocolate chips and whisk until smooth. Pour the sauce over the sliced turkey.