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7 Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Can there be Thanksgiving without turkey? Of course not! The turkey is the signature dish at any Thanksgiving dinner and without it, things won’t feel the same. However, even though we agree that the turkey is a mainstay in any Thanksgiving menu, it doesn’t mean that you can’t play around with the recipe in order to give your family the ultimate culinary experience. There are so many recipes you can explore, such as classic roast or garlic and herb.

In this article, we are going to share some with you to ensure that your family gets the perfect mouth-watering turkey this Thanksgiving.

Roast Turkey

Oldies but goodies
Now that is some fine turkey cooking. Source: Fine Cooking
“Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey - until Thanksgiving.” - Mike Connolly

There are many ways of getting the turkey ready for Thanksgiving but let’s face it, if you haven’t roasted it yet then you don’t know what you are missing. Roast turkey is perhaps one of the most common ways to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey and there’s no doubt that everybody will love it. There’s something about Roast Turkey that gets our taste buds demanding for more. And it’s not just the taste alone, even the look is very inviting too.

Garlic and Herb Roasted Turkey

Nothing beats good old fashioned garlic and herb.
A delicious spin on a classic preparation. Source: Taste of Home

Now that we have already introduced you to the delicacies of roast turkey, let’s give you some additional tips that can make it even better. The garlic and herb roasted turkey recipe gives you a chance to enjoy the delicious roast turkey. But this time the refreshing aroma and taste of garlic and some additional herbs will be a part of everything. We all know that garlic is a great way to add flavor to any dish and you can use it even for roast turkey.

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Rosemary
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne

Barbecue Turkey

Barbecue that bird right up for Thanksgiving!
B-B-Q turkey for a change of pace. Source: Amazing Ribs

If you feel that you have already had roast turkey many times, you can consider this barbecue turkey recipe. What I love most about barbecue is the crisp crust that forms as the brown sugar caramelizes on top. It’s such a tasty treat and if you have not tried it before, you will like it so much that you will end up eating barbecue turkey all year round.

Lemon-Herb Turkey

Another take on turkey is to use a lemon zest in cooking
A delicious lemon cooking method. Source: Jennieo

Lemon-herb turkey is perfect for those of you who love the tangy taste of citrus on a soft piece of white turkey or chicken meat. It’s a very simple recipe to make. The recipe will give you a rich turkey taste combined with delicate lemon and citrus twists to delight the entire family. You can roast or barbecue the turkey too before mixing it up with the herbs.

  • Butter
  • Thyme
  • Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Lemon
  • Garlic

Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey

That amazing blend of citrus and herb turkey
Citrus, butter, and herb make for a delightful flavor. Source: The Urban Soapbox

While we are still on the citrus based turkey theme, let’s introduce you to this herb and citrus butter roasted turkey. It’s a simple and breathtaking delicacy that will capture the attention of everyone this Thanksgiving. Just one look and you can’t help but take a bite. So if you want to give your turkey a little bit of tartness, citrus and other herbs will be a great choice for you.

Basic Roast Turkey

The most basic but still scrumptious
Basic turkey roast. Source: Big Oven

If you think that all the recipes above are a bit complicated for you, there’s nothing wrong with going for the traditional basic roast turkey. It’s the perfect way of keeping things simple. You can add a few ingredients for an added twist but the moist classic roast turkey will be just as delightful on its own.

Classic Turkey with Giblet-Mushroom Gravy

Giblets and mushrooms? Count us in!
Amazing stuffing and gravy. Source: Good Housekeeping

Still on the classic roast turkey, we think this classic turkey with giblet-mushroom gravy could be a great catch. It’s also simple enough to make and won’t take a lot of your time. Richly flavored gravy will always add some magic to the classic roast turkey.

  • Thyme
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter
  • Sage

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the simple recipes above will really offer an ideal culinary masterpiece for the whole family. The key to turkey recipes is to keep things simple and as you can see, the recipes above offer just that.

Related: Kitchen Planning Tips You'll Be Grateful for this Thanksgiving

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