The purple turkey (Photo Credit: Kristen Flowers)

Why we have a purple Thanksgiving turkey

Last Thanksgiving I was in the hospital because of my pregnancy with Lilly.

Kristen eating dinner in the hospital. (Photo Credit: Nick Steele)

Nick was super adorable and made a Thanksgiving dinner and brought it to me. It was super delicious, but maybe that was just because I had been eating hospital food for 3-weeks straight.

Nick and Thanksgiving. (Photo Credit: Kristen Flowers)

The turkey was great, but because of the hospital stay, it was not our normal purple turkey.

Yes, we eat a purple turkey for Thanksgiving.

What’s the origin story of the purple turkey, well sit down, and prepare yourself for a little Thanksgiving story.

Every year we have the same old turkey in our house and every year it’s just a little dry no matter what we do.

A few years ago, we decided to marinade our turkey before Thanksgiving to guarantee that it was juicy and delicious. This 12-pound turkey sat in a mixture of olive oil, garlic, rosemary and red wine for 2 whole days.

So how did we end up with a purple turkey, you ask?

The turkey skin sucked up all the red wine and turned our bird a lovely shade of vino.

Purple Turkey (Photo Credit: Kristen Flowers)

But the real question is, was it tasty?

It totally was! I was pretty sure the flavor of the wine was going to take over the taste of the turkey but there was only a hint of the flavor present which was perfect.

The purple turkey was a success and now I’m thinking a red or blue turkey might be on the menu for this year.

This story just reminds you to never judge a turkey by the color of its meat!

Do you make anything special for your Thanksgiving? Let me know in the Facebook comments.

Listen to me on Nick and Kristen in the Morning show M-F from 5:30-10 am. Click here to listen




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