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25 Ways to Cook a Turkey

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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.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

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Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

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

For the Bacon-Wrapped Turkey recipe, click here.

 

Balsamic-Glazed Roast Turkey with Pan Sauce Recipe

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Balsamic-Glazed Roast Turkey with Pan Sauce Recipe

A balsamic vinegar reduction adds a rich caramel sweetness, and a shiny dark sheen, to the roasted bird. — Lidia Bastianich

For the Balsamic-Glazed Roast Turkey With Pan Sauce recipe, click here.

 

Beer-Can Turkey

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Beer-Can Turkey

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

For the Beer-Can Turkey recipe, click here.

 

Best Turkey Recipe Ever

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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

For the Best Turkey Recipe Ever, click here.

 

Braised Turkey Legs

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Braised Turkey Legs

This is a great way to prepare turkey legs. Chef Michael Mina adds extra flavor by braising his in chicken stock with flavor-boosting ingredients like bacon, mushrooms, and thyme. — Cook Taste Eat

For the Braised Turkey Legs recipe, click here.

 

Brined and Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey

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Brined and Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey

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

For the Brined and Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey recipe, click here.

 

Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy Recipe

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Cider-Glazed Turkey with Lager Gravy Recipe

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

For the Cider-Glazed Turkey With Lager Gravy recipe, click here.

 

Citrus and Herb Stuffed Turkey Breast

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Citrus and Herb Stuffed Turkey Breast

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

For the Citrus and Herb Stuffed Turkey Breast recipe, click here.

 

Deep-Fried Turkey

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Deep-Fried Turkey

Fried turkey is the answer to a Thanksgiving under the gun. 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

For the Deep-Fried Turkey recipe, click here.

 

Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey Recipe

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Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey Recipe

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

For the Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey recipe, click here.

 

“Never Fail” Roast Turkey with Shallot Pan Gravy Recipe

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“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

For the “Never Fail” Roast Turkey With Shallot Pan Gravy recipe, click here.

 

PointsPlus Apricot-Glazed Turkey and Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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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

For the PointsPlus Apricot-Glazed Turkey and Sweet Potatoes recipe, click here.

 

Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy

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Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Go simple this Thanksgiving with a roasted turkey and enticing giblet gravy.

For the Roast Turkey With Giblet Gravy recipe, click here.

 

Roast Turkey with Spice Rub

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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.

For the Roast Turkey With Spice Rub recipe, click here.

 

Roast Turkey with Tangerine Sage Glaze Recipe

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Roast Turkey with Tangerine Sage Glaze Recipe

This turkey is topped with a glaze of sweet syrup made with ginger, sage, and tangerine juice.

For the Roast Turkey With Tangerine Sage Glaze recipe, click here.

 

Rosemary Citrus-Herb Turkey

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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.

For the Rosemary Citrus-Herb Turkey recipe, click here.

 

Sage and Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe

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Sage and Rosemary Roasted Turkey Recipe

This turkey gets lathered in a roasted garlic butter, then stuffed with fresh herbs for great flavor.

For the Sage and Rosemary Roasted Turkey recipe, click here.

 

Southwestern Rubbed Turkey

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Southwestern Rubbed Turkey

Smoked paprika is the key to the turkey rub in this recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving with a twist. — Recipe Rehab

For the Southwestern Rubbed Turkey recipe, click here.

 

Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast

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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.

For the Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast recipe, click here.

 

Stuffing Filled Turkey Breast

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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

For the Stuffing-Filled Turkey Breast recipe, click here.

 

Succulent Smoked Turkey Recipe

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Succulent Smoked Turkey Recipe

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

For the Succulent Smoked Turkey recipe, click here.

 

Thanksgiving Turkey: Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey

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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

For the Mayonnaise-Roasted Turkey recipe, click here.

 

The Barefoot Contessa's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

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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.

For The Barefoot Contessa's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast recipe, click here.

 

Turkey Roulade with Cranberry-Apricot Stuffing

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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

For the Turkey Roulade With Cranberry-Apricot Stuffing recipe, click here.

 

Yogurt-Glazed Roast Turkey

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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.

For the Yogurt-Glazed Roast Turkey recipe, click here.

 

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