The turkey is the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving tables and while every family has their preferred method, most of the times those result in dry, overcooked, bland turkey. Well, we’re here to fix that! With this collection of 10 classic and creative turkey recipes, you’ll be able to choose not only a technique of choice but also the flavors you love. Plus, we might even introduce you to some flavor combinations that you hadn’t thought of earlier. And remember, having turkey doesn’t mean you have to cook an entire bird! While leftovers are glorious, we’ve also included a few options when you’re cooking for a smaller group or even for two. So what are you waiting for? Don’t let your Thanksgiving table fall victim to boring turkey. Try one of these recipes and fall in love with a new turkey technique.
Our Perfect Herb Roasted, Dry Brined Turkey: Every cook has their own version of what they consider the “perfect turkey.” After years of testing nearly every method in the books, this is ours. Instead of soaking the turkey in a wet brine solution, we salt ours several days ahead of time, keeping the meat tender and skin crispy without the extra water. Use whatever combo of herbs you like to make this your own. (Recipe and photo: NoshOn.It)
Apple Cider Sage Brined Turkey: There’s no reason to relegate fresh apple cider to only your glass. In this recipe, cider, herbs, and orange are infused directly into the turkey through an overnight brine. (Recipe and photo: GoodLife Eats)
Roast Turkey with Pear Glaze and Pear & Sage Stuffing: Instead of using apples, Eva adds seasonal pears not only to the stuffing of this recipe but also turns them into a sweet glaze that caramelizes on the outside of the turkey. (Recipe and photo: Adventures in Cooking)
Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey: This sounds crazy but trust us on this one. Remember, mayo is just a combination of eggs and oil and by rubbing it on the outside of the turkey, it keeps the meat extraordinarily moist while creating an addictively crispy skin. (Recipe and photo: She Wears Many Hats)
Butterflied Turkey with Cranberry Molasses Glaze: One of the toughest parts of cooking a turkey is getting both the white and dark meat to their ideal temperatures. To help with that (in a similar way that we like to do our roast chicken), Tracey butterflies her turkey and brushes it with a sweet and tart glazes that yields stunning results. (Recipe and photo: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures)
Asian Spiced Turkey: Looking for something more international? This turkey is filled with lemongrass and scallions to infused it with flavor from the inside out before being rubbed with a Sriracha mayo. (Recipe and photo: A Spicy Perspective)
Simple Roasted Turkey Breast with Lemon and Thyme: Don’t want to deal with an entire bird or only cooking for a small group? This classic and simple roast turkey breast recipe includes tips to keep it perfectly moist. (Recipe and photo: FoodieCrush on I Wash You Dry)
Bacon and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast: Unlike other turkey recipes with bacon, Emily ingeniously crumbles crispy bacon along with fresh herbs and stuffs it under the skin of the turkey breast before roasting. As it cooks, the bacon flavor infuses directly into the meat as well as creates the best crust ever. (Recipe and photo: Jelly Toast)
Herb Roasted Turkey Thighs: More of a dark meat fan and only cooking for two? These simple roasted turkey thighs cook in less than half of the time of a full turkey and are roasted alongside potatoes and onions for a one pot meal. (Recipe and photo: Wishful Chef).