25 Ways to Cook a Turkey Slideshow
25 Ways to Cook a Turkey
When it comes to cooking your Thanksgiving turkey, there are so many options. Gone are the days when it was either roast the bird or go out for dinner. Over the years, talented cooks have experimented and used their imaginations to come up with a host of approaches to putting a beautiful bird on the holiday table. You could take the time-saving approach if you want to, or you could go to a little extra trouble and offer your guests something really special.
You could go bold this year and roast your turkey with a rub of garlic, chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, and ground coriander. You could brighten the bird with a citrus rub based on lemon and orange zest. You can dress up your turkey by wrapping it in bacon or add a kick by cooking it with beer.
If you’re not having loads of people over for Thanksgiving, we even have recipes suitable for smaller crowds. Instead of making the whole turkey, you could make braised turkey legs or stuffed turkey breast. Read on for 25 ways to cook your turkey this Thanksgiving.
Nothing's better than bacon — except when it's Thanksgiving Day and your turkey is wrapped in some. This recipe uses a seasoning and olive oil paste for under the turkey's skin to add a subtle hint of flavor that pairs perfectly with the bacon. — Anne Dolce
Balsamic-Glazed Roast Turkey with Pan Sauce Recipe
You’ll find that a beer-can turkey is smoky, succulent, tender, and, most of all, mind-blowingly delicious. It’ll instantly take the stage for many holidays to come, and you’ll finally believe us when we say that it’s not just for Thanksgiving, and make it all year round. — Scott Thomas
Best Turkey Recipe Ever
The pinnacle of the Thanksgiving meal is, of course, the turkey — and we want to make sure that you are fully equipped and prepared to cook it just right. Don’t get wrapped up in Turkey Day chaos. Take a deep breath, relax, and follow this easy recipe to cook a juicy and moist turkey. — Emily Jacobs
Brined and Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey
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I'm proud to say that I've never cooked a turkey the traditional way in my entire life. Here’s why: When you break down the whole bird into parts, you can cook each part in the most forgiving and painless way possible. Simply brine and smoke the breast and marinate and braise the legs, and boom — it's done! When it comes time to serve that bird, you’ll be the hero who cooked a juicy, tender Thanksgiving turkey that everyone will talk about for years to come. I’ll be damned if anyone cooks a whole turkey again after trying this process. — Adam Sappington
Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy Recipe
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Here’s an easy turkey recipe packed with flavor. You can start the lager gravy after you throw the bird in the oven, and the gravy should be done around the same time as the turkey. No fuss. — Ashton Keefe
Citrus and Herb Stuffed Turkey Breast
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For a fresh take on Thanksgiving turkey, try a turkey roulade. Lemon and orange zest, mixed in with fresh herbs like rosemary, tarragon, marjoram, sage, and parsley, bring bright flavors to the holiday meal. — Robert Irvine
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<p>Fried turkey is the answer to a <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/thanksgiving" target="_self"><b>Thanksgiving under the gun</b></a>. There is no need to wake up at the crack of dawn to put the turkey in the oven. Let that bird brine for 36 hours, then pop it in a cauldron of hot fat (outside, of course) and you've got turkey on the table in under two hours. — Southern Comfort Cookbook</p><p><a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/deep-fried-turkey-2-recipe" target="_self"><b>For the Deep-Fried Turkey recipe, click here.</b></a></p><p> </p>
Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey Recipe
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As this turkey roasts to a rich golden brown, it fills the kitchen with the enticing aroma of apples and leeks, which roast along with it. Cider, used to baste the bird and also in the scrumptious sauce, adds a fresh, fruity accent to this roasted fowl. — Betty Rosbottom
“Never Fail” Roast Turkey with Shallot Pan Gravy Recipe
The secret to its success is twofold. First, an herb butter is patted under the skin over the breast area, ensuring that this part of the turkey, which cooks the quickest, stays moist. Then, during the roasting process, the turkey is basted frequently with broth and pan juices to keep it from drying out. Shallots are roasted along with the bird, and then incorporated into the delectable pan gravy. — Betty Rosbottom
PointsPlus Apricot-Glazed Turkey and Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Are you in a pinch, or maybe just not expecting too many guests? Try this quicker, easier alternative to roasting a whole bird. This recipe is also delicious with orange marmalade instead of the apricot preserves. — Weight Watchers
Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy
Go simple this Thanksgiving with a roasted turkey and enticing giblet gravy.
Roast Turkey with Spice Rub
This simple technique for your turkey will add tons of flavor. Make a rub with garlic, chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, and ground coriander for a tasty bird for Thanksgiving.
Roast Turkey with Tangerine Sage Glaze Recipe
This turkey is topped with a glaze of sweet syrup made with ginger, sage, and tangerine juice.
Rosemary Citrus-Herb Turkey
Rosemary is a holiday favorite and this recipe is no exception. Its bright citrus rub is perfect for your Thanksgiving turkey.
Sage and Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe
This turkey gets lathered in a roasted garlic butter, then stuffed with fresh herbs for great flavor.
Southwestern Rubbed Turkey
Smoked paprika is the key to the turkey rub in this recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving with a twist. — Recipe Rehab
Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast
If you’re not having too many guests over for the holidays, make stuffed turkey breast with spinach, parsley, scallions, and ricotta.
Stuffing Filled Turkey Breast
A chestnut bread stuffing is rolled up tightly in a turkey breast, and served with pan gravy and cranberry compote. Throw all of the stuffing vegetables into a food processor for a faster prep time! — Danielle Walker
Succulent Smoked Turkey Recipe
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Smoking is both exotic and wonderful as a spice for everything from meat and fish to vegetables and cheese. Experiment with different types of wood to find just the right balance. Here, applewood is used to complement and enhance the flavor of the turkey. — Oneida
Thanksgiving Turkey: Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey
If you’re thinking about doing something different, but perhaps not too much more difficult than your traditional Thanksgiving turkey, have you ever considered a mayonnaise-roasted turkey? — Arthur Bovino
The Barefoot Contessa's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
Sometimes you don't need to roast the whole bird, and the breast can be more than just enough. This whole turkey breast roasted with fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme is a great weeknight dinner and the leftovers make delicious sandwiches the next day.
Turkey Roulade with Cranberry-Apricot Stuffing
For a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving main dish, this cranberry-and-apricot-stuffed turkey is a great recipe to try, without the mess of dealing with a whole turkey carcass. — Food Network
Yogurt-Glazed Roast Turkey
The yogurt-based glaze makes the perfect basting liquid and gives a sweet, tangy flavor to the turkey’s skin. — Richard Blais
The turkey may be the star, but to truly shine, your bird needs supporting players. Find recipes for sides and desserts in our 101 Best Thanksgiving Recipes gallery.