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Thanksgiving Dishes With A Twist!

It’s that time of the year where we can’t wait to be surrounded by friends and loved ones to catch up on life and share laughs over a hearty meal.

Yes, JET Fam, Thanksgiving is upon us and though we can’t wait to stuff our mid-sections with Granny’s mac-and-cheese, auntie’s perfectly sculpted peach cobbler, pop’s big bird turkey or a sweet-glazed ham, this year, why not add a little twist to the traditional dish?!

Siovhan Lee of Food Diaries, shares four of her special recipes when it comes to upping the ante on your taste buds and adding a little “fancy” to your Thanksgiving dining.

– LaToya Cross

Fried Jerk Turkey made in Oil-less Turkey Fryer

Jerk Marinade
2 teaspoons allspice, ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
1/2 yellow onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon ginger, ground
1/2 teaspoon cummin
3 scallions
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
1 cup light brown sugar
7 habanero peppers

Butter Mixture #1 (under skin of turkey)
1/2 lb room temp butter
2 tablespoons Sage
2 tablespoons Salt
1 tablespoon Pepper
1 tablespoon Paprika
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Onion Powder

Butter Mixture #2 (on outside of turkey)
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
2 tablespoons of room temp Butter

Other Ingredients
1 large Onion
1 Bell Pepper
1 Orange
2 Celery stalks
1 (18 lbs) Fresh Turkey (or frozen)

*Char-Boil Oil-less Turkey Fryer
* Propane Tank


1 Clean out inside of turkey and dispose.
2. In a bowl mix together butter mixture #1
3. In another bowl mix together butter mixture #2
4. Wash turkey then pat dry with paper towel
5. Pull skin up from flesh, take butter mixture #1 and spread it around under the skin and legs
6. Cut up onion, bell pepper and orange into quarters, chop celery into big pieces. Places these ingredients inside of the turkey
7. On the outside of the turkey take your second butter mixture and spread all over turkey
8. Take jerk marinade and place into a food injector and inject all over turkey
9. Let marinate over night

Using Oil-less Fryer (Instructions from Char-Broil)
1. Make sure the gas valve on the propane tank is closed first—just turn the valve clockwise to a full stop.
2. Also make sure all the knobs on your grill are turned to off.
3. Remove the seal from the propane tank. Always use the cap and strap supplied with the valve.
4. Hold the gas hose and regulator and insert the nipple into the valve.
5. Tighten the coupling nut with your hands. Make sure the connection isn’t cross threaded. Don’t use tools to tighten.
6. Turn the coupler clockwise to tighten all the way to a full stop.

*You are now ready to fry!

Note* Cook time can vary due to outdoor weather conditions, but generally you can expect 10 min per pound for turkey

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A fresh baked ham rests in the pan prior to being served.

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