With the holiday season upon us, many of you are contemplating the perfect dinner menu for your family get-together. Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce will inevitably be served, but maybe you’re looking for something slightly different. You don’t have to forego your family’s favorite holiday foods to add some variety to your dinner table. Try infusing tea into your dishes.
Tea can add a unique flavor to any dish. Tea flavors range from nutty and spicy to flowery and fruity depending on the variety. Imagine your pumpkin pie recipe transformed into an unexpected treat with the addition of chai tea. Or how about adding a distinctively light, citrusy flavor to your turkey using a perfectly balanced earl grey brine?
All cooks know that fat is the foundation for remarkable flavor for any dish. When cooking with tea, infuse the tea leaves into the butter, oil, or cream you’ll be using then strain out the leaves to avoid biting into bitter tea leaves. It is also critical to only use whole leaf, premium tea to maximize the flavor and ensure the highest quality.
Experiment with different flavor combinations. Enhance the nuttiness of your pecan pie with Teatulia Black Tea. Infuse Teatulia Peppermint Herbal Infusion into your hot chocolate. Steep Earl Grey Tea into your chicken broth to baste your stuffing. When infused correctly, a traditional meal can take on a whole new life.
Enjoy the following recipes, and come up with your own new holiday traditions. Don’t forget to relax with a soothing cup of tea afterwards!
Teatulia Black Tea Infused Butter
2 grams whole leaf, premium Teatulia Black Tea per tablespoon of butter*
Butter, margarine, or oil
Allow the butter to melt in a small saucepan. Add 2 grams of fresh, premium whole-leaf tea. Heat the mixture slowly over low heat for 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool for an additional 5 minutes until the butter is tinted by the tea leaves. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve, pressing hard on the tea leaves. Discard the leaves. Use the tea infused butter in your recipe as normal.
*Remember, you can infuse any variety of tea into your butter. Find out what works best for your dish.
Teatulia Peppermint Tea Infused Milk
2 grams whole leaf, premium Teatulia Peppermint Herbal Infusion per ½ cup of milk or cream*
Milk, cream, or half and half
Heat the liquid and the tea leaves in a small pot and include your tea leaves. Bring the mixture to a simmer and as soon as you see bubbles begin to form, turn off the heat and allow it to sit and cool until it is at room temperature. Use a fine sieve to strain out the tea leaves.
*Feel free to use any tea variety you like. Ginger-spiced milk added to hot chocolate will be sure to warm you up.
Teatulia Earl Grey Tea-Brined Turkey
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoon black peppercorns
Juice from one lemon
20 grams of whole leaf, premium Teatulia Earl Grey Tea*
1 gallon iced water
Combine all the ingredients in a large pot and place over high heat until it simmers, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature, remove the tea bags and then refrigerate the brine until chilled.
Add a 14 – 16 pound turkey to the brining mixture. Make sure the bird is completely covered by the liquid. Weight the bird down, cover tightly and refrigerate. After three hours, turn the turkey over, weight it down again, recover and return to refrigerator. After another three hours have passed, remove the turkey from the brine, rinse it with cold water inside and out and get rid of the brining mixture.
Roast the turkey as you normally would.
* Oolong Tea is also a great option for a turkey brine. If you are deep frying the turkey and want a smokier flavor, Lapsang Souchong will work marvelously.
Teatulia Organic Teas are sourced directly from their own garden in Northern Bangladesh and other like-minded gardens, with no long-term warehouse storage and no waiting around to be put into the right blend by a third party. The results are exquisite, clean and smooth teas that support education, business and health initiatives and demonstrate a thorough commitment to sustainability. All sales of Teatulia Organic Teas contribute to helping to better the lives of men, women and children in our community while rebuilding the local ecosystem. For more information about Teatulia Organic Teas, please visit www.teatulia.com.
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