Best Turkey Recipes

Thanksgiving is about three main things; family, food, and the beginning of the Holiday Season. Family can mean anything to everyone. It can mean a big family reunion with all of your cousins, aunts and uncles, and close family friends. Or it can mean a small get-together with your closest friends who might as well be related to you.

It doesn’t really matter because as long as there’s good food, everyone will have a wonderful time. And with Thanksgiving night and Black Friday shopping, Thanksgiving also traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday season. Whether you’re celebrating Chanukah this year, Christmas, or Mawlid al-Nabi, you’ll likely be getting in the holiday spirit just after Thanksgiving.

While we can’t help with the family, or the holiday shopping, we’d love to help you out with a short list of our favorite Thanksgiving turkey recipes this season.

Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey

This fresh flavored turkey takes only about 30 minutes of prep time. But it will take about 4 hours at 425 degrees F to roast. You’ll want to add a 20 minute rest time when calculating your timing. This recipe is designed for 10-12 servings and it includes a gravy recipe.

Herb-Roasted Turkey

This traditional turkey recipe only has about 20 minutes of prep time. It’ll take 3 hours and 45 minutes to roast at 375 degrees, plus about 25 minutes of rest time before carving. The recipe makes about 8 generous servings so you’ll likely have enough for leftovers, which some would say are the best part. This recipe also gives nutritional information, so those health-conscious guests can rest easy with that knowledge should you choose to share it.

Fried Turkey

This new favorite serves about 10-12 people. With the most time-consuming preparation, this turkey takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes of attention, with 45 minutes of that heating the oil in your turkey fryer. You’ll then add the turkey and fry for about 35 to 45 minutes with the oil temperature between 300 and 325 degrees. You’ll also want to include 25 minutes of standing time before carving for the best flavor and texture.

Apple-Brined Turkey

This less traditional, but delicious recipe fit for the fall season, takes quite a bit of prep. But that deep apple flavor will soak through every bite. You’ll have to brine it first, let it refrigerate for 12 hours, then uncover it and refrigerate another 12 hours. Thankfully it only takes about 2 hours at 400 degrees to cook.

World’s Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey

This super-simple recipe is a go-to for the no-muss-no-fuss cook. This recipe involves salt, pepper, and melted butter on the outside and whatever you want on the inside. You’ll roast for about 2 hours at 325 degrees, baste it again, and roast an extra hour at 425 degrees. Though this doesn’t include a gravy recipe, you’ll likely have plenty of giblets and juice to make it with.

Whether Thanksgiving is a big event at your house, or you’re just looking for a yummy turkey recipes for a get-together, these recipes are sure to fill you up, and lull you into a deep, comfortable post-dinner nap!

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