RECIPE: Put an elegant, flavorful twist on the traditional

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 Everyone wants to serve guests a delicious, memorable meal, especially during the holidays. This year, bring dishes to the table that put an easy, elegant and flavorful twist on the traditional.
Whether you’re a first time host or a seasoned pro, there are certain secrets to help ensure a holiday meal that is both elegant and effortless. One such secret is using dressings and sauces to enhance savory flavors and add zest to your meals. One taste and your guests will think you spent hours in the kitchen.
Toss together your favorite dressing for a quick, easy salad that will have your guests lining up for more. Not only is the salad good for you, the healthy oils found in salad dressings help the body to better absorb key nutrients. Mayonnaise, which is made with healthy oils, contains Omega 3 fatty acids. Your guests will love having a healthy dish on the table.
Make a BBQ roast turkey the centerpiece of your table. Start with your favorite barbecue sauce and add a few additional ingredients to give it an extra kick of flavor. The finished sauce is then basted on the turkey as it roasts to create a spicy glaze.
This holiday season, experiment with your favorite dressings and sauces to create meals for your family. You can also visit www.dressings-sauces.org for more holiday meal recipe ideas.

BBQ Roast Turkey
Servings: 6
1 10 to 12-pound turkey
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black
3 lemons
2 small onions, quartered
3 cups prepared BBQ sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse turkey inside and out. Pat dry.
In small bowl, combine butter, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Loosen skin of turkey and rub butter between skin and meat. Place lemons and onion inside cavity of turkey. Tie legs with kitchen string.
Combine BBQ sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaf in saucepan. Simmer 30 minutes to blend flavors. Discard bay leaf. Set aside until ready to use, 2 cups for basting and one cup for serving.
Place turkey on rack in heavy, large roasting pan. Roast one hour, then reduce heat to 325 degrees F. Brush turkey with 2 cups of BBQ sauce mixture. Roast 20 minutes. Brush with BBQ sauce every 20 minutes, about 1 hour 10 minutes longer, for a total of 2 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 175 degrees F. If turkey begins to get too brown, cover with foil while roasting.
Transfer turkey to platter. Cover loosely with foil and let rest 30 minutes before slicing.
Serve immediately with remaining cup of BBQ sauce mixture.
Source: The Association for Dressings & Sauces
— Article courtesy of MetroCreative