For a Thanksgiving turkey recipe your guests will beg for, brush your bird with oil, and then rub a homemade spice mixture into the skin. We love fresh greens and herbs such as arugula and basil leaves paired with Romano cheese and chopped walnuts.
The split-roasting method is a great time-saver. A turkey cooks faster in smaller pieces and can be split a few days ahead, which allows for more fridge space.
Editor's Tip: Use kitchen shears for a more accurate cut and more manageable job.
Roasting your bird is the most traditional Thanksgiving turkey recipe. When done correctly, the turkey comes out a beautiful golden brown on the outside and juicy on the inside. This roasted turkey is also glazed with marmalade and dressed with roasted veggies.
Another way to ensure a juicy, flavorful entree is to brine your turkey. Most recipes call for brining the turkey for eight to 12 hours, so make sure to plan ahead. Our basic brine recipe is a mixture of water, salt, sugar, thyme, bay leaves, and peppercorns.
How to Brine a Turkey
Watch our step-by-step instructions to brine your bird for a delicious Thanksgiving turkey recipe.
A third of the way through roasting, apply a sweet glaze of apple jelly and brandy to your turkey for a full-flavor bird that glistens with goodness.
Editor's Tip: Check out our alternative barbecue-style glaze.
If you crave crispy turkey, deep frying can't be beat. To avoid splatters, make sure your turkey is patted dry before lowering it into the hot oil. Here, we've rubbed spices under the skin and in the cavity for extra flavor.
How to Deep-Fry a Turkey
Watch how to deep-fry your turkey this Thanksgiving.
Injecting your turkey with seasoned liquid is a fantastic way to flavor the meat itself. Here, we've used a tasty mixture of honey, sage, garlic, and olive oil.
Infuse your Thanskgiving turkey with a simple marinade of orange juice and olive oil. Add extra flavor with a complementary glaze such as our sweet orange marmalade topping.
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