11 Creative Ways To Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey
What kind of thanksgiving turkey will your holiday guests be gobbling up this year? There is more than one way to cook a turkey, and whether you are looking for exciting ideas to break out of tradition or are throwing your first holiday feast, here are 11 ways you can cook up your bird this Thanksgiving.
For the outdoor lovers, take your turkey cooking outdoors! No matter what grill you have, grilling your turkey is a fabulous way to turn your thanksgiving cooking into a social event by getting the whole family involved. (As well as freeing up your oven for those delicious pumpkin pies.) You can find a host of recipes online to suit any taste, like this Turkey on the Grill recipe from Food network.
For the serious chefs, brining may take time and patience, but it will be well worth it in the end when your guests bite into your hard work and mumble (mouths full) with appreciation. It is a bold and satisfying choice, and this Buzzfeed step by step recipe will get you through it.
Short on time? This may sound strange but when you consider that cooking your turkey in a microwave , like in this Turkey Microwave Recipe, will mean only 15 mintues of prep time (bonus!) and 2 hours of cooking – that is a huge time saver. Great for students or busy chefs, your turkey will be golden brown with your guests being none the wiser.
For those wanting to take it easy this Thankgiving, your handy slow cooker is not just for chilli and soups. Why not cook your turkey the day before thanksgiving while you are at work with this All Recipes slow cooker recipe? Slow Cookers are super convenient and will make sure you serve a flavorful, succulent, fall-off-the-bone turkey feast to your thanksgiving guests.
For those thrill seekers who like things extra crispy, turkey fryers will turn your turkey golden brown in just 45 minutes. With a host of how-to guides and Fried Turkey Recipes available, including this one from Martha Stewert , there is more than one way to fry up your bird this Thanksgiving. But no matter which way you go, your turkey will be sure to pack a crunch.
Can’t get enough of your new smoker? There is no need to put it away; many a smoked turkeys have been prepared to impress, and why should your turkey be any different! This Youtube “Smoking a Turkey” video will show you how easy it is to smoke your bird!
This may sound strange, but bear with us! Similar to using a Reynolds cooking, this recipe suggests using a brown bag instead. It is surprisingly easy to follow, making it possible for even the more novice of chefs. The turkey roasts in the brown bag (instead of steaming like it would in the Reynolds), giving it a distinct taste that Food.com users say is one of the best turkey recipes
You are going to need a bigger pot! Pre-steaming your turkey is known to turn even the toughest birds into melt-in-your-mouth delights! The New York times has a great steamed turkey recipe that even the biggest skeptics find appealing. And if you are still not convinced, they explain why pre-steaming was a popular choice last year.
If you get more joy out of the cooking than the prep, then this one is for you! Only averaging about 20 minutes of prep time, rotisserie grilling your turkey will save you time this Thanksgiving. You will have your pick of basting recipes and can even inject that bad boy with butter for a mouth watering treat.
Feeling adventurous? Why settle for just turkey? Turducken, once a huge extravagance, is fast becoming the go-to for adventurous Thanksgiving meals. And why wouldn’t it, as it is sure to wow. Most recipes suggest baking these generous creations, but for your smaller countertop ovens, why not try the Turducken Roulade with turkey breasts instead?
And finally, for the traditionalist! There is nothing like popping your turkey into the oven and having the smells delight the whole family on Thanksgiving day. There are a lot of recipes out there to add some excitement to this tried-and-true method, and whether you go with gramma’s secret spice or something from Good Housekeeping, you are guaranteed to satisfy.