Sunday, January 6, 2013

Dr. Pepper Tofurkey

Yeah, you fuckin' heard me.

Dr. Pepper Glaze / Marinade

     After hearing semi-mythological talk about fancy cooking with soda pop, I had to try this out - and it's incredible. You're basically boiling Dr. Pepper in a saucepan, making a reduction with it over medium heat for as long as it takes. And for the stickler, after chasing down the hotly debated question of whether the sugar in Dr. Pepper is or isn't vegan, we settled on THIS for a good answer from the horse's mouth.

     Start with 2 cups of Dr. Pepper. Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and then balsamic vinegar, garlic (I used powder which worked great but you could dice and fry a garlic bulb instead), add some rosemary, cardamom (1 or 2 crushed if using pods) and crucially - some cinnamon.  Just stir this well and reduce it until it's syrupy, making sure it's not so hot as to burn. Baste or brush this liquid gold onto Tofurkey, a loved one, or whatever you're glazing. That's your business. You can do this with Coca Cola or get creative with other soft drinks too. I'd be curious to take this for a spin with Chinotto.