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It’s Almost T – Time… Thanksgiving with Bigelow Tea!


Thanksgiving is all about family, fun and of course, that much anticipated feast!  If ever there was an important meal to share with the ones you love, it’s our all-American, multi-dished, prepared with love, eating for hours on end Thanksgiving sit-down.

The Bigelow Tea family  is all about traditions, many originating with their love of tea and commitment to their customers.  Family owned for three generations, the Bigelow family enjoys sharing their history, anecdotes and recipes with everyone in the #TeaProudly community and hearing about theirs.  After all, special moments of togetherness and sharing is what defines this holiday.

A favorite part of Thanksgiving preparations is finding new dishes to try out and share.  Of course the traditional favorites have to make an appearance, but some fresh and lively newcomers are always a welcome addition to the table.  To #TeaProudly to the max this Thanksgiving, invite Bigelow’s fragrant and bold tea ingredients to your cooking marathon session and welcome flavor sensations your guests will love.  And, don’t forget to serve tastes of the season teas with and after your meal, hot and iced… including new Bigelow Tea Benefits if you might feel the effects of overindulging!

Try out these recipes that are bound to be requested any time of year… enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!

Miniature Vegetable Quiches

Ingredients

Tea Concentrate:

Vegetable Tea Mixture:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
  • ½ cup asparagus tips/ cut into small pieces, ½ – 1 inch
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • ¼ cup tea concentrate

Egg Mixture:

  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 4-ounces (½ of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces
  • Dill, optional garnish

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About ½ cup tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray (spray well or alternatively use paper liners); set aside. In 10-inch non-stick skillet place olive oil. Heat for 1 minute. Add peppers, asparagus, peas, and shallots. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened. Add ¼ cup tea concentrate to vegetable mixture. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the tea is evaporated. Remove from heat; set aside. In large bowl stir together eggs, half and half, salt and pepper. Mix well. In bottom of each prepared mini muffin tin, place about 1 tablespoon vegetable mixture. Top with piece of cream cheese. Fill to top with egg mixture. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until very lightly browned near edges. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Garnish with dill if desired.

Lemon Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, washed and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, 1-inch (2.5cm) diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, 1-inch (2.5cm) diced
  • 1 red onion, peeled, 1-inch (2.5cm) diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra virgin oil
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
  • ½ pound (250g) orzo
  • ¼ cup (80mL) boiling water
  • Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¼ cup (60mL) vegetable oil
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup (60mL) pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup (250mL) feta cheese, cut into ½ diced
  • 15 fresh basil leaves, julienned

Instructions

Using a large baking pan, toss vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper in olive oil. Roast 40 minutes at 375ºF(190ºC), until browned, turning once with a spatula. Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain and transfer to large serving dish. Add the roasted vegetables with juices to the orzo. Combine well. Make the dressing by pouring boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 10 minutes and remove the tea bags. Combine vegetable oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper, shake or whisk. Add to the vegetables and orzo. Garnish with green onions, pine nuts, feta cheese and basil. Taste for seasoning and serve at room  

Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment Glaze

Ingredients

Glaze:

Turkey and Gravy:

  • 1 10-15 pound (5-7.5g) turkey (thawed if previously frozen)
  • 1 lemon, cut into four pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
  • 1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350º. Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea. Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside. To prepare turkey, remove giblets and neck from turkey, rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss the turkey. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake turkey in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes. Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Discard any unused glaze. To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with turkey. As a nice alternative, use a 9-11 pound oven stuffer roaster chicken in place of the turkey. For best results, tie the chicken with string at the legs and the wings. For the glaze reduce the number of tea bags from 12 to 8.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Tea Concentrate:
  • 13 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained, discard liquid
  • ½ cup tea concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly soft
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons tea concentrate
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add 1 ¼ cups water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray; alternatively use paper liners set aside. In large mixing bowl add sugar, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until thick and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add mandarin oranges, ½ cup tea concentrate, vanilla, and orange zest. Continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute). In medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to tea mixture. Continue mixing, at low speed, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Add carrots; mix well. Place batter in muffin cups filling about ½ to ¾ full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool. Meanwhile, in medium mixing bowl place cream cheese and butter. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until light and creamy (1 minute). Add 2 tablespoons tea extract. Mix well. Add confectioners’ sugar; continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until soft and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Frost top of each cupcake with frosting.

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