Only the Best Turkey Recipes
A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey
"Simple, perfect roast turkey just like grandma used to make. Seasoned with salt and pepper, and basted with turkey stock, the flavors of the turkey really stand out. Stuff with your favorite dressing."
Andouille Sausage and Corn Bread Stuffing
Bruce Aidells, founder of Aidells Sausage Company, says, "Stuffing was the most important part of my family’s holiday menu. The turkey was always...
Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing
celery, cranberries, rosemary, sage, thyme, apple, onions, turkey, turkey sausage, turkey stock, butter, bread
"This Thanksgiving stuffing is fantastic! It is very flavorful and fresh-tasting. This recipe will stuff a 10-pound turkey (which serves six) plus extra. I replaced the usual pork sausage with much healthier turkey sausage. Other dried fruits may also be used in place of cranberries."
Barbecued Turkey with Maple-Mustard Glaze
bay leaves, black pepper, sea salt, dijon mustard, chips, olive oil, onions, orange, dark sesame oil, maple syrup, fruit chutney, anise seed, turkey, water, white wine
First the turkey is soaked overnight in a brine to improve flavor and ensure moist meat. (Be sure to use a pot large enough to hold both the...
Bombay Sliders with Garlic Curry Sauce
hot paprika, cumin, curry powder, sandwich rolls, garlic, green onion, ketchup, mayonnaise, olive oil, yogurt, salt, turkey
Dinner rolls work well as buns for these mini burgers. Allow three burgers per person and top with tomato, red onion, and cucumber slices.
Brown Sugar-Cured Turkey with Wild Mushroom-Shallot Gravy
Edible wild mushrooms, are featured in a rich-tasting gravy for this delicious turkey. Because it is cooked slowly at a low temperature, the...
Chicken Pot Pie With 2 Crusts
chicken broth, chicken, flour, frozen mixed vegetables, margarine, milk, onions, black pepper, pie crust, salt
This is old-fashioned, from scratch, comfort food. This has been a family favorite for years. I like to take this to other families when they are in need of a meal. It's always a winner. I like making it with leftover turkey, too! I often add some cooked diced potatoes.
flour, allspice, apple cider, apple cider, calvados, bay leaves, celery, kosher salt, chicken broth, onions, turkey, sage, sage, water, heavy cream
Unlike most brined turkeys, this one can be stuffed because the apple-cider brine contains less salt than the typical recipe. Begin brining two days ahead.
Cranberry, Sausage and Apple Stuffing
black pepper, butter, celery, chicken broth, cranberries, rosemary, leek, poultry seasoning, salt, sausage, apple, bread
"A mellow stuffing that pairs up perfectly with the Maple Roast Turkey and Gravy. Originally submitted to ThanksgivingRecipe.com."
"I serve this chowder Christmas night. Everyone welcomes the change from all of the junk food and turkey. It is very creamy and satisfying. Serve it with cornbread or crusty French bread."
"This is an awesome Cajun recipe. Deep-frying makes the turkey crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside (even the white meat). It also leaves the heat outside! You can deep-fry the turkey in either peanut or vegetable oil, your choice. We use a 26 quart aluminum pot with a drain basket."
Deep-Fried Turkey Marinade
"This is a great recipe a friend gave to my father two years ago. It is easy, and allows you to have more room in the oven for other holiday favorites. It is also the most tender turkey I've ever made. This rub is appropriate for a 12 to 14 pound turkey."
Greek-style turkey burgers
basil, oregano, parsley, feta cheese, garlic powder, black pepper, turkey, italian seasoning, olive, onion powder
The best turkey burgers i have ever tried .... I freeze left-overs, and heat in the microwave later ...
Gulliver's Cream Corn
"I have been told that this is the recipe from a (now defunct) restaurant chain the the San Francisco Bay Area. This creamed corn is in a thick and sweet sauce. This isn't a low-fat side-dish for calorie counters, but once in a while -- live it up! Very tasty with a holiday prime rib or turkey dinner. The recipe does call for M.S.G. (Accent) which I have never used. Frankly, it's delicious and very easy to make, even without the M.S.G."
Herb-Roasted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy
flour, allspice, apple cider, apple cider, black pepper, apple brandy, kosher salt, granny smith apple, chicken broth, nutmeg, onions, bay leaves, turkey, water, heavy cream
Brining the turkey in the refrigerator for two days ensures an incredibly moist result. We do not recommend stuffing brined turkeys because the...
Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way
"A simple, down to basics recipe when it comes to the good old tom turkey. Originally submitted to ThanksgivingRecipe.com."
Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way
"A simple, down to basics recipe when it comes to the good old tom turkey."
Honey Brined Herb Roasted Turkey
chicken broth, black pepper, sage, thyme, garlic, honey, kosher salt, lemon, olive oil, water, turkey
Allow 12 - 18 hours for the turkey to marinate in the brine. It's worth the wait as this process always assures a moist, flavorful turkey.
Honey-Brined Turkey with Giblet Cream Gravy
flour, bay leaf, butter, chicken broth, carrot, celery, sea salt, cracked black pepper, garlic, honey, lemon, olive oil, onions, turkey, thyme, gravy, water, water, heavy cream
Janet Fletcher, food writer, says,"My grandmother could never seem to make enough of her creamy giblet gravy; everyone always wanted more. We...
Kittencal's Easy No-Fail Make Anytime Turkey Gravy
I have been using this recipe for many years, my family loves this gravy and I have served it to dinner guests over the holidays and always receive rave reviews! --- you don't need to make this gravy using all pan drippings, if you do not have 4 cups of drippings you may mix with chicken broth to make the 4 cups, or it may be made with only chicken broth, please see note on the bottom of the recipe--- this may be made slightly ahead and kept uncovered on top of the stove until ready to serve, just whisk before using If you have any left over this gravy freezes very well or you may reduce all ingredients down to half --- this gravy and of coarse any gravy is at it's best when used right away! --- also see my
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
"I discovered this excellent Thanksgiving gravy recipe years ago! It is gravy that, unlike most, can be made AHEAD of time. The gravy will keep for 3 months when frozen in an airtight container."
Molasses-Brined Turkey with Gingersnap Gravy
bay leaves, black pepper, carrot, celery, sea salt, gingersnap cookie, ice, chicken broth, molasses, turkey, garlic, olive oil, onions, onions, onions, sage, thyme, turkey, apple cider vinegar, water, heavy cream, worcestershire sauce
Brining ensures moist, succulent meat, and this recipe from Bruce Aidells, chef and founder of Aidells Sausage Company, could not be easier or...
Mom's Sit Sandwich (Aka Squishy Sorta Muffuletta)
From my Family Recipe Box, Mom loves this sandwich! "This sandwich is a 'smashing success'... in more ways than one. It's a great traveler." You must admit, it is pretty amusing.
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
I used Italian turkey sausage, and turkey bacon. I also added 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes.
Out of this World Turkey Brine
"Best brine for smoked turkey around. This recipe was given to me by my uncle. He is always smoking meat. EDITOR'S NOTE: This recipe uses canning or kosher salt, not table salt. Using table salt in this amount will make the brine too salty."
Rescued Turkey Stock
I call this "rescued", because so many people throw away the turkey carcass after a big meal. Don't! Rescue it! Making stock is not hard or complicated. You'll be rewarded with delicious soup, and an amazing aroma will fill your home as you make the stock. And you don't even have to make soup right away — just freeze the stock!
butter, chicken broth, basil, parsley, tarragon, thyme, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, sage, salt, turkey
NOTE: Even though you may have purchased a Butterball or a butter basted bird, you should still follow these directions, as they inject very little butter into the bird, just so that they can legally get away with saying that it is butter basted. Trust this recipe of mine, and I guarantee that you and your guests will have the best and juciest turkey ever! The cook time will vary, depending on the size of the bird. ALSO, SEE MY
Roast Turkey with Herb Butter and Caramelized Onion-Balsamic Gravy
flour, balsamic vinegar, bay leaf, black pepper, onions, onions, orange zest, rosemary, sage, rosemary, sage, salt, gravy
The gravy can be started while the turkey roasts. When the turkey is through cooking, finish the gravy with balsamic vinegar and the pan juices.
Roast Turkey with Maple Herb Butter and Gravy
flour, apple brandy, apple cider, bay leaf, chicken broth, carrot, leaves, lemon zest, onions, turkey, maple syrup
Maple syrup and apple brandy lend a delicate flavor to the turkey and gravy. The New England Sausage, Apple and Dried Cranberry Stuffing is an...
Rosemary Roasted Turkey
"This recipe makes your turkey moist and full of flavor. You can also use this recipe for Cornish game hens, chicken breasts or roasting chicken. Select a turkey sized according to the amount of people you will be serving."
Salted Roast Turkey with Herbs and Shallot-Dijon Gravy
flour, bay leaves, black pepper, celery, dijon mustard, rosemary, rosemary, sage, sage, thyme, thyme, lemon, lemon zest, onions, kosher salt, shallot, turkey, white wine
Looking for a classic turkey with some added depth of flavor? This is the one for you. The meat tastes of sage, rosemary, and thyme.
Smokin' Scovilles Turkey Chili
black pepper, corn, beer, chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic, green pepper, habanero pepper, turkey, liquid smoke flavoring, olive oil, onions, paprika, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, salt, worcestershire sauce
"This is a hearty and relatively low-fat chili recipe that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most sadistic spicy food lover...REAL MAN FOOD. (For those with wimpier taste buds, omit the Habanero pepper). Try melting a tablespoon of whipped cream cheese into each dish. Hoo boy! Also, drink beer with lime. The acidity seems to help calm the assault on your taste buds when it gets to be too much."
Spicy Garbanzo Bean and Turkey Sausage Soup
avocado, tomato, chicken broth, cumin, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, jalapeno, chickpeas, turkey sausage
Sliced or diced fresh avocado makes a colorful garnish for this hearty southwestern soup. If you want to cut up the avocado ahead of time but...
This is a delicious and quick soup (even if you are not on Weight Watchers). One cup of soup has 2 points, and recipe makes 12 cups.
Terrific Turkey Chili
cheddar cheese, chili pepper, coriander, oregano, green pepper, green onion, onions, sour cream, tomato paste, turkey, vegetable oil, zucchini
"Using some fresh and some canned ingredients, this chili is a snap to throw together and will keep you craving it for days. Chunky zucchini, fresh green onion, sour cream, and - what the heck - shredded Cheddar cheese, are sure to make this your favorite chili recipe. If you like beans in your chili, garbanzos right out of the can are great in this."
Tom Colicchio's Herb-Butter Turkey
Turkey and Pinto Bean Chili
chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic, olive oil, onions, tomato, pinto beans, semisweet chocolate, red pepper, turkey
Just like some Mexican moles, this chili has a bit of chocolate in it. Serve sour cream and shredded sharp cheddar cheese alongside.
"This is a tasty brine for any poultry. It will make your bird very juicy, and gravy to die for!! This is enough brine for a 10 to 18 pound turkey."
Turkey Chili with White Beans
bay leaves, beef broth, chili powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder, cumin, oregano, turkey, onions, tomato, tomato sauce, white beans, yogurt, red onions, salt, vegetable oil
If you have leftover chili, serve it over turkey franks (or the chicken ones) the next day.
Turkey in a Smoker
"This is a great recipe for smoked turkey. A barbecue grill is nearly impossible to cook a large bird. A smoker is best for this. I prefer hickory chips or hickory wood. Hickory generates a more even smokiness than other woods, and it does not matter whether the wood is green or seasoned. Mesquite, if not well seasoned, will generate a creosote type coating because of the sap that oozes out of the wood while cooking."
Turkey Meat Loaf with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
breadcrumbs, celery, sun dried tomato, oregano, sage, eggs, ketchup, milk, olive oil, onions, black pepper, salt, turkey
A crowd-pleasing standard gets a makeover with ground turkey instead of beef; sautéed vegetables and sun-dried tomatoes add flavor. Round out the...
Turkey Sausage-Spinach Lasagna with Spicy Tomato Sauce
black pepper, basil, oregano, eggs, sausage, lasagna noodle, olive oil, ricotta cheese, spinach, parmesan cheese, provolone cheese, heavy cream
One great thing about this lasagna is that the noodles don't need to be pre-boiled. The dish has a lot of liquid (in the form of sauce) and goes...
Uncle Bill's Method for Cooking Turkey
Scalding the turkey makes for a very nice moist turkey. I have been doing this method for over 25 years. Cooking time shown in the method is for a 16 pound stuffed turkey.
Unstuffing Side Dish
sausage, butter, celery, chicken broth, mushroom, onions, black pepper, poultry seasoning, salt, bread
"With sausage, mushrooms, celery and the perfect blend of seasonings, this moist dressing is irresistible. I like to call it 'Unstuffing' since it bakes separately from the turkey, which I do on the grill. -Ken Churches, San Andreas, California"
Upside Down Turkey
"This is a simple way to prepare a moist turkey without stuffing. The secret ingredient is butter -- it enhances the bird's natural flavor. When the turkey is done, the juices may be used to prepare a gravy by adding cornstarch 1 tablespoon at a time until the liquid begins to thicken. This recipe is based on a 13 pound bird. Adjust as necessary."