As we approach Thanksgiving, it seems like everyone has an opinion about the best way to prepare a turkey, and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris is no exception. In a viral video from 2019, the then-senator revealed her bird-cooking method during a 90 second break between TV interviews.
Right before going on the MSNBC show, PoliticsNation, Harris spoke with Washington Post journalist Jonathan Capehart, whose husband, Nick, sent along some questions about brining a turkey. In Capehart's video, Harris tells Nick her recipes for both a wet and dry brine. Harris's response was soon all over Twitter, as viewers weighed in on the then-Senator's efficient recipe.
Want to try out the vice presidential brine for yourself? First, Harris recommends getting a fresh turkey. For a wet brine, Harris advises using, "a pot of water, couple bay leaves, a little sugar, a little cup of peppercorns, you could even do a slice of orange—something like that."
How much does @KamalaHarris like to cook? She answered my husband's ? about brining a turkey about 1 min before going on @PoliticsNation from Columbia, SC (after I was on). I recorded her response 'cause I don't cook and she was speaking a foreign language. 😂 #kamalacooks pic.twitter.com/IZiQ6iOnTQ
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) November 26, 2019
Comically, she was interrupted by a sound check request in her ear piece—Harris was, after all, on a television set. She told the producer, "Yes, I’m here. I’m going to talk about a recipe while you’re checking, is that okay?" Harris then turned back to Capehart, "She’ll tell me if I’m annoying her."
Unfazed by the interruption, Harris continues on with her turkey instructions. "So Nick, a dry brine is easier. And brine for 24 [hours]—but 48 hours is best, if you have the time."
As for the dry brine itself, Harris's recommendation is simple: cover the turkey in salt and freshly ground pepper. "The salt and pepper all over it, just like lather that baby up, on the outside, in the cavity," she explained.
Harris's secret, though, is what she puts under the turkey's skin before cooking. "Mix [the salt and pepper] up with some thyme, a little rosemary if you want. [Put it] under the skin with some butter, before you’re going to cook it, so that that butter will just melt in there," she noted. "And then get a nice big bottle of cheap white wine to baste with butter." Finishing just in time, Harris quickly pivoted from turkey brines to her MSNBC interview.
Given the popularity of this clip, Harris recently shared another Thanksgiving recipe on her Twitter account: "Kamala's Cornbread Dressing."
"During difficult times I have always turned to cooking. This year, I wanted to share one of my family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you," she wrote. "I hope whenever you’re able to make it in life, it brings you as much warmth as it has brought me—even when separated from those I love."
If you're in need of a complement to Harris's turkey brine, try pairing it with her dressing. In this Twitter thread, Harris lays out both the ingredients and directions. So, gather your cornbread mix, pork sausage, and apples (among other things), and get cooking.
Ingredients: 2 8oz packages of cornbread mix
1 pound spicy pork sausage
2 onions, chopped
2 apples, cored and chopped
4 celery stalks, diced
¾ cup of chicken broth
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp sage
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp rosemary
salt & pepper pic.twitter.com/ecmeARjxkQ
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 25, 2020
Despite being a Thanksgiving food enthusiast, it would be a mistake to believe Harris's culinary interests extend only to this holiday. The Vice President-elect is indeed quite the home chef. In a video Harris shared on her Twitter account, she and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, prepared her "go-to roast chicken." This recipe featured minced garlic, lemon zest, and some rosemary.
Watch Harris and Emhoff (whom Harris sweetly calls "Dougie") prepare their chicken below.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 22, 2019
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