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Turkey with a Twist!

It is countdown time to the big T-Day, and if you are hosting this years Thanksgiving feast, we would like to offer you some wonderful ideas on how to season your main dish the turkey.

For starters the traditional way of seasoning turkey is always a hit with aromatic herbs and spices of thyme, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, paprika and garlic. Just combine these ingredients in a small bowl mix them with a little olive oil, add a dash of lemon zest and rub the marinade over the turkey and its ready for roasting.

Mix tradition with a touch of Moroccan flavors by using Ras el hanout, which is comprised of cloves, Allspice, black pepper, mace, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, rosebuds, cumin, white pepper, coriander, nutmeg, saffron, paprika, and Bay leaf, and a dash of lemon preserve. This exciting spice blend combined with chili powder, olive oil and salt makes for an amazing marinade rub for your turkey. It also works wonders for other meat dishes such as lamb, wild game as well as tagine-style dishes such as couscous.

A hint of the East with flavors of Chinese five spices or Japanese curry along with soy sauce, ginger, white pepper, star anise, garlic, chili, and orange peel, will bring the taste of the Orient to your Thanksgiving feast.

Try an Indian style turkey the Tandoori way. The heat and bold spices of India made with garlic, chilies, paprika, cumin, coriander, cardamom, dried celery, Bay leaves, garlic, fenugreek, Methi leaves, black pepper, and salt combined with yoghurt, cilantro leaves, freshly grated ginger, onion slices not only tenderizes the meat, but will also add a different twist to turkey.

Your Tandoori style turkey that will not be forgotten for many Thanksgiving to come.

There are many great reasons for celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, the recognition of American tradition, along with the wonderful diverse cultures that have come to epitomize what makes America so great. Whatever style of turkey you decide to serve this Thursday, we want you to know that from our Whole Spice heart to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Below is a side-dish recipe we think you will love and find it easy to prepare perfect for adding lightness to the heavier traditional dishes.

Refreshing Cucumber Salad- click on link