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. The recipe calls for a 14-pound bird, perfect for serving eight with leftovers.Use this leftover turkey, with its slight hint of sweetness, for sandwiches made with whole-wheat bread, lots of Dijon mustard, farmhouse Cheddar, and a good dollop of cranberry chutney or sauce.For Turkey 35 Ways Gallery, click here.
Order your turkey far enough in advance to make sure you get a fresh, rather than frozen, bird. Buy it from someone whom you trust, as lying about whether a bird has ever been frozen is common. It makes sense to buy a bird that's larger than you need so you'll have plenty left over for sandwiches, creamed turkey, soup, and the like. Take the bird out of the refrigerator 3 to 4 hours before it is scheduled to go in the oven. A room-temperature turkey will roast more quickly and evenly.
Try a recipe search for ‘Turkey’ on any food site and you’ll find this holiday bird brined, fried, grilled, roasted, buttered, truffle-stuffed, duck fat-rubbed, or seasoned in endless ways. But where’s the easy, straightforward recipe?
Most chefs will tell you that a good-quality product doesn’t need much work; in fact, the less you do, the more it will stand out. That's also what we believe here at The Daily Meal. It’s fun to experiment and try new recipes, but sometimes simple wins.
So we turned to chef-instructor Sabrina Sexton for a basic turkey recipe. No fancy tricks, no crazy rubs, just an easy way to cook a good-quality bird. - Yasmin Fahr
This is one of my favorite recipes for roasting a big, plump turkey. As the name implies, it’s always a winner. 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.
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Why do we only serve turkey on Thanksgiving? A whole turkey breast roasted with fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme is a great weeknight dinner and the leftovers make delicious sandwiches the next day. Roasting the turkey at 325 degrees and allowing it to rest for fifteen minutes ensures that it will be very moist. Adapted from "Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?" by Ina Garten.For this recipe and more, click here for 25 ways to cook a turkey.
This is the turkey. I’ve been perfecting this for many years now. I must say, it is a showstopper, and delicious to boot, because I treat it well. I send my turkey to a bacon spa. It gets a salt scrub, a bacon butter deep tissue massage, a hand-woven bacon spa robe, some time in the sauna and a little tanning to finish it off.
Roasted turkey, brined turkey, dry-brined turkey, healthy turkey, bacon-wrapped turkey, turkey stuffed with stuffing, turkey cooked with compound butter, herbs and spices, smoked turkey, jerk turkey, barbecue turkey, paper-bag turkey, beer-can turkey, turducken, you've tried them all, and of course, you've considered tackling the risks of doing a fried turkey too. You’ve heard of every variation known to man, thought about what temperature to cook the turkey at and for how long, hoped for a moist turkey breast and oohs and ahs from your guests. But when 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?Maybe. But probably not.At least, we’ve thought about all the preparations above, but never heard of a mayonnaise-roasted turkey until one member of The Daily Meal staff Sharon Gitelle was inspired by a recipe by Amy of She Wears Many Hats. The photo looked gorgeous; the skin thin, golden and crispy, covered with herbs and healthy crust of salt and pepper. The meat in the picture pulls away from the edges of the legs, the skin is condensed all crispy and crunchy — mayo-crusted turkey skin — like some oil and egg augmented chicharrón-like Turkey gribenes.It had to be experimented with. So, inspired by She Wears Many Hats, and armed with a cause (feeding The Daily Meal’s staff during its inaugural potluck Thanksgiving) we set out undaunted by the idea of trying a first-time recipe as the central dish of a public event. After all, armed with The Daily Meal’s Guide to Thanksgiving, its survival and SOS guides, its guides to temperatures, cooking times, and emergency solutions, how could things go wrong? We used our convection oven, but you can use the turkey cooking times for a conventional oven for the recipe too.And go wrong they didn’t. The following recipe for a 16- to 18-pound turkey was a hit. It was quick. It was easy. It was messy. It was a success. And it was simple too: Mayonnaise, herbs, seasoning, and some celery and onion. That’s all!The turkey breast was as moist 15 minutes after cutting it as it was when Editorial Director Colman Andrews carved it. The skin was crunchy and delicious, and the flavor, well… you didn’t get mayonnaise, but you did get a savory herbaceousness.“Mayonnaise you might ask? Mayonnaise-roasted? That sounds outrageous!”Well, how would it sound if someone suggested they would use an egg glaze and drizzle olive oil over your Thanksgiving turkey? Pretty delicious, right? Well that’s the idea behind this turkey recipe, one that we thank Amy for inspiring and which we tweaked here and there to suit our bird, and maybe this or next Thanksgiving, yours.Arthur Bovino is The Daily Meal's executive editor. Read more articles by Arthur, reach him by email, or click here to follow Arthur on Twitter.
In the mood for a holiday meal, but can't wait until the big day? Try making turkey tenderloins for dinner. This roasted turkey tenderloin recipe takes one third of the time of a big Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey, but promises to have all of the flavors. This savory dish is all you need for a mini holiday dinner. Guy Fieri's Bacon-Roasted Turkey recipe.For our 101 best Thanksgiving recipes click here.