There are many ways to cook everyone’s favorite holiday bird. Family chefs typically have their own special technique for cooking the bird, whether it's using an old family recipe, adding a secret ingredient or shopping at a certain store.
If you're looking for something different this year, click on the recipes below and give one a whirl.
An Allrecipes.com user contributed this Greek take on turkey, which combines ground beef and pork with tangerine juice, rice and other ingredients for an in-bird stuffing. This one requires no pre-made brine.
Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for a Cajun-spiced turkey is not for those looking for a simple roast bird. It calls for the equipment and safety precautions necessary to deep-fry a good-sized bird. But for those looking for a little extra flavor and adventure, this may be the perfect alternative to the oven. The results will undoubtedly be delicious, but be sure to heed the safety tips at the bottom of the recipe. Alternatively, if you want Cajun flavors without the hassle, risk and calories of deep-frying, try this recipe from Jimmy Bannos.
This recipe calls for the use of a turkey breast roast, but variations can be worked out fairly easily for a smaller whole bird or even diced meat for a stir-fry or bake. The key is letting the meat soak up the sauce overnight. The flavors are intense and aromatic, and will definitely lend themselves to an unusual Thanksgiving meal.
This recipe’s name—and its use of whiskey—intrigued us. A flavorful blend of unconventional ingredients make this dish sound delicious and feasible, and it requires fairly simple preparation. Check out the chef’s note to see how you can use a crock pot for a quicker, easier version of this recipe. Some of the user comments also have great ideas for stuffings that use the same components.
If you're in the mood for something more traditional this year, try this recipe:
The Food Network’s Alton Brown brings us this fairly simple (for a whole turkey) and by-the-book recipe, which uses a brine peppered with allspice berries and candied ginger. It takes about 10 hours of total cooking time, not including defrosting.
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