TUESDAY FOOD THING
Tim says: since Recipe du Jour is taking off the rest of the week for some Thanksgiving down time with the family, I have decided to re-run last year’s Thanksgiving Day FRIDAY FOOD THING before Thanksgiving gets here so you can contemplate trying this gravy tip trick that really works.
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Last Thanksgiving I baked a small turkey stuffed with wild rice, baby portobello mushrooms, onions, and cornbread dressing. When it came time to make the gravy, I was struck dumb with inspiration: for no other reason than I just knew it would work, I tossed about 1/2 tablespoon (or more) of caraway seeds into a small cast iron skillet, roasting them for a couple minutes until they went beyond brown. Then I ground them to a fine powder in a mortar and pestle, adding the dust to the developing gravy.
The resulting combination of flavors formed an amazing “magic meld” — a cosmological event when two or more ingredients blend together, producing an outstanding and often surprising marriage of molecular culinary enchantment.
This year, try emboldening your holiday gravy (or a portion of it) with Tim’s Roasted Caraway Gravy Dust Surprise.
By the way, I have since discovered some interesting caraway seed trivia and health notes. Did you know that caraway seeds were used back in the day as a major ingredient in love potions?
So, after the meal, you better keep an eye out for, uh — unusual behavior from all those holiday house-guests. You never know.