If you’re planning on serving a huge Thanksgiving holiday meal, there’s a good chance that turkey will be on the menu. Turkey is often the main course at many Thanksgiving dinner tables. Some of the best Thanksgiving turkey recipes can be prepared in a variety of different ways using a myriad of flavors. Thanksgiving turkeys can be baked, roasted, fried, smoked or even cooked using a rotisserie. Turkeys can be stuffed with dressing or cooked alone, without the side dish. In addition, fruit and vegetables can be used to flavor the meat.
Recipes for Thanksgiving turkey may be among the best if they’re used frequently, provide easy to follow steps or instructions and use easily attainable ingredients. You don’t want to spend hours tracking down obscure ingredients, because preparing and cooking the turkey can take a great deal of time.
Depending on the size of your turkey and the cooking method, it can take anywhere from one to six hours to cook the bird. If you’ve purchased a frozen turkey, you’ll need to be sure it is properly thawed before you begin the cooking process. You can thaw the frozen bird in the refrigerator – this technique typically requires about five hours of thawing time per pound. You can also place the frozen turkey in cold water to thaw. This process takes approximately 1/2 hour per pound.
Here are some additional tips for making a great holiday turkey:
Try not to overstuff your turkey. Make sure you fill the turkey’s cavity loosely with stuffing – or you can always cook the actual dressing separately. Coat your soon-to-be roasting turkey with oil or butter (vegetable or olive oil) to keep it from over-browning. When you remove the turkey from the oven, “tent” it with foil and leave the bird alone for approximately 15 minutes before you carve it.
With regard to recipes, you have tons of options to make your Thanksgiving turkey a savory treat for guests. You can make a delicious sausage, apple and cranberry stuffing to compliment the bird. You can also use a variety of different kinds of herbs and spices to use as a rub to add flavor to the turkey, including rosemary, thyme and garlic. If rubs aren’t your thing, consider making an herb stuffing for roast turkey – some herb stuffings can be purchased pre-packaged, others you have to make from scratch.