Thanksgiving Recipes: How to Cook A Spectacular Turkey

Tired of cooking your turkey the traditional way? Try one of these culinary twists to spice up your bird. Share your own tips in the comments!

Every family chef has a special technique for cooking a turkey, whether its certain seasonings or a traditional trick.

If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, here are a few recipes from around the web that can add a new kick to your feast.

How are you cooking your turkey this year? What's your favorite tip, trick or tradition? Share your recipes in the comments section below.

Just the thought of chestnut and pine stuffing is enough to make your mouth water. An Allrecipes.com user contributes this Greek take on turkey, which combines ground beef and pork with tangerine juice, rice and other ingredients for an in-bird stuffing.

This recipe calls for the use of a turkey breast roast, but variations can be worked out fairly easily for a smaller whole bird or even diced meat for a stir-fry or bake. Chicken dishes can be made with a very similar yogurt marinade to this one and the key is letting the meat soak up the sauce overnight. The flavors are intense and aromatic, and will definitely lend themselves to a unique Thanksgiving meal.

This recipe’s name — and its use of whiskey — is intriguing. A flavorful blend of unconventional ingredients make this dish sound delicious and feasible, and it requires fairly simple preparation. Check out the chef’s note to see how you can use a crock pot for a quicker, easier version of this recipe. Some of the user comments also have great ideas for stuffings that use the same components.

If you're in the mood for something more traditional this year, try this recipe:

The Food Network’s Alton Brown brings us this fairly simple (for a whole turkey) and by-the-book recipe, which uses a brine peppered with allspice berries and candied ginger. It takes about 10 hours of total cooking time, not including defrosting.

What's your favorite way to cook a turkey? Share your culinary wisdom below.


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