Looking for Turkey recipes for this year’s gathering? This Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Collection is sure to have a recipe your family will love. For more fall recipes see my Thanksgiving page.
This Thanksgiving, try one of these delicious turkey recipes. With options for every type of cook, you’re sure to find the perfect recipe for your holiday feast. From classic roasted turkey to deep fried and everything in between, we’ve got something for every taste!
There are a few things to keep in mind when cooking a turkey such as thawing the turkey properly, seasoning it well, and making sure it is cooked all the way through. By following these simple tips, you can make a delicious holiday meal that your family and friends will enjoy.
How to thaw a Turkey Safely:
Refrigerator Thawing Method:
According to the USDA, the best way to thaw a turkey so you can safely eat it is in a refrigerator. This is the safest method because the turkey will thaw at a consistent, safe temperature.
- Place the turkey in a large pan or dish so the liquids can drain while thawing.
- This method may take some time if you have a large turkey. Make sure to to allow one day for each 4 – 5 pounds of weight.
- Turkey breasts can be thawed over night in the refrigerator.
For example: If your turkey weighs 20 pounds, it will take about five days to thaw. After the turkey has thawed, it is safe to cook for another two days.
Cold Water Thawing Method:
Another way to thaw a turkey is to submerge in cold water in a large sink or basin.
- Leave the turkey in its original wrapping and submerge it in cold water. It is important that the water stay cold and so the turkey does not thaw and it stays within a safe temperature.
- Change out the water every 30 minutes drain the water and replace it with fresh cold water.
For Example: This method calls for 30 minutes of defrosting time per pound, so a 20 pound turkey will take 10 hours to thaw. Cook the turkey immediately after thawing.
Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Collection
Turkey is a classic dish served during the holiday season. While cooking a turkey may seem like a daunting task, with a little planning and preparation it can be an easy main dish.
Roasted Turkey Recipes
The most popular way to cook a turkey is roasting it in an oven. Here are some great recipes for you try if you plane to make yours this way for the holidays.
Brined Turkey Recipes
Turkey is a classic holiday dish, but it can be tricky to cook. Brining the turkey is a simple way to ensure that your bird is moist and flavorful.
To brine a turkey, you’ll need to soak it in a saltwater solution for several hours. This will help to tenderize the meat and add flavor. When done correctly, brining can make all the difference in your holiday meal!
Handy tip: Check Your Labels!
If you plan to brine this year, when buying a store bought turkey, be sure to check the label and make sure it hasn’t already been pre-brined. You may end up with a super salty turkey.
Smoked Turkey Recipes
This is our favorite way to enjoy out thanksgiving turkey. It so good! Smoked turkey is prepared by smoking the meat over a period of time in smoker or grill on low heat. The process of smoking the turkey brings a woodsy flavor to the meat that is super tasty like a BBQ restaurant!
Slow Cooker Turkey + Instant Pot Turkey Recipes
Slow cooker turkey is a great way to cook a turkey without all the hassle. You simply put the turkey in the slow cooker, set it on low, and let it cook for 6-8 hours. The result is a juicy, flavorful turkey that is sure to please your guests. You just have to make sure your turkey is not too big to fit inside it!
Why not try making your turkey in an Instant Pot? This cooking method is quick and easy, and it will free up your oven for other dishes. Plus, your turkey will come out juicy and flavorful.
Air Fryer Turkey Recipes
If you thought turkey was only for Thanksgiving, think again! The air fryer is quickly becoming a popular kitchen appliance and there are endless recipes to be made in it – including turkey.
This method of cooking smaller pieces or turkey breasts is not only easier than traditional methods, but it also results in a juicy, golden-brown bird that is sure to please your family and friends.
Unique Turkey Recipes
If you’re looking for something different to do with your Thanksgiving turkey this year, try one of these unique recipes. From a sheet pan turkey to a stuffed turkey breast, there’s something here for everyone.
MAKE AHEAD: Place turkey leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
FREEZER: Place turkey leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
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This Thanksgiving turkey recipe collection offers a wide variety of recipes to choose from, each with its own unique twist. Whether you’re looking for a traditional recipe or something more modern, there’s sure to be a turkey recipe here that will suit your needs. Go get cooking and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast!