If turkey is going to be the star of your feast on Thursday, but you want to change things up a bit, don’t worry. Here are a few different ways to cook your Thanksgiving turkey.
Preparing your turkey this way will save you cooking time, and look really cool. Flip your bird and have the breasts facing down. Cut along the sides of the spine and remove it. Flip the turkey back around and flatten it on a sheet pan, or whatever you use to bake it. Season your turkey however you like. It’s best to season it the day before and let it sit in the refrigerator, wrapped in plastic wrap. Take it out about an hour before you plan to cook it. Preheat your oven to 425°F and cook the turkey until the skin is nice and crisp. Spatchcocking the turkey will reduce your cooking time to about six minutes per pound.
Spicy Roast Turkey
This recipe is all about covering the turkey in a mayonnaise based paste before you roast it. Mix a blend of paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, and any other spice you want to add. Add this mixture to some mayonnaise and blend thoroughly. Make sure you rub the paste all over the turkey, and even lift the skin on the breasts and spread some underneath. This will ensure the turkey is evenly coated in the spice mixture. If you and your dinner guests are a fan of spicy food, this might be the recipe for you.
Stuffed Turkey Breast
If you’re spending Thanksgiving with only one other person, or going to a pot luck with a bunch of different dishes, try this stuffed turkey breast. It may look fancy, but it is really simple to prepare. Follow the directions on the packaging of your favorite stuffing, or make your homemade recipe. Once you’re done with the stuffing, take your turkey breasts and, holding your knife parallel to the counter, slice them down the middle and open them like a book. Put your stuffing on one side of the breast and fold back over. You can secure with twine or toothpicks. Place in your baking dish and season it with spices of your choice, or pour a glaze over it, and bake.
Crock Pot Turkey
You can cook almost anything in a crock pot, turkey included. Either purchase a smaller turkey, or a whole turkey breast for this recipe. Season the meat with salt and pepper and place in your crock pot or slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for around eight hours. Take out the turkey and cover it with foil. While the turkey rests, use the juices from the slow cooker to make a gravy. Slice the turkey and pour some of the gravy over it to make a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
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