Here is a great way to put a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving turkey.
Get some achiote from your supermarket. You may need to go to a Latin supermarket to find it depending on how much variety your local market has.
Achiote comes in different forms. I have seen it in big spice bags but I normally use the one that comes in little bricks, about half the size of a pack of gum but it doesn't matter which one you use.
To help you guage how much to use, I use about two of those little 'bricks' for one turkey.
Put your achiote in a bowl. Add a large pinch of dried thyme leaves, a teaspoon of ground cumin and start mashing this together with between the fingers of one hand while pouring a little salad or olive oil with the other hand until you have a paste consistency. If you want a stronger flavored paste, use less oil. There is no rule here.
Please note that you don't want a paste so thick that you can't see the turkey through it once you apply the rub because if it is too thick it may burn. I always make the paste so it is slightly thicker than a vinaigrette.
Rub this on the turkey then season the bird with salt and pepper.
Cook as you normally would and BINGO, it is killer!!
I will give you some more Thanksgiving tips soon
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