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Maybe it’s your first turkey, and you need a step by step roasting guide. Or you’re a seasoned pro just looking for something new and different. Either way, there are dozens of options for the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey for your house on The Food Network website.
Of the many turkey recipes on Food Network, some are quite thorough in explaining how to cook a turkey, simple and relatively unadorned. You can also learn how to brine a turkey. Some roasted turkey recipes feature stuffing, gravy, or glazes. Others feature citrus and other fruits, and a some offer something completely different. Browse overviews below, and click on the links for the full recipes. Find the Thanksgiving turkey recipe to make your holiday perfect!
Basic Roasted Turkey
Ingredient summary: 10-12 lb turkey, unsalted butter, lemons, fresh thyme, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, Spanish onion, garlic head
Directions highlights: Basting solution is made from butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and thyme leaves. Giblets are removed, and turkey is washed and patted dry. Salt and pepper cavity, and stuff with a bundle of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and garlic. Brush outside of turkey with basting solution, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie legs and tuck wing tips under body. Roast about 2 ½ hours at 350 degrees. Let rest 20 minutes before slicing.
Ingredient Summary: 24 lb fresh tom turkey; tarragon, thyme, parsley, and sage leaves; butter; chopped onions, celery, carrots, apples, and oranges; salt, freshly ground black pepper.
Directions highlights: Remove giblets, wash turkey and pat dry. Gently separate skin from breast. Mix chopped herbs with softened butter and rub beneath skin to create “self basting” turkey. Fill cavity with chopped onion, celery, carrots, apples and oranges. Sprinkle turkey with salt and pepper. Place on a rack in a roasting pan. Cover with foil. Place in preheated 450 to 500 degree oven for 25 minutes. Reduce to 325 degrees for 4 hours. Remove foil last hour. Let rest 30 minutes or longer.
Brine: Salt, brown sugar, quartered oranges, quartered lemons, fresh thyme sprigs, fresh rosemary sprigs, ½ bunch sage, parsley sprigs, bay leaves, orange cut into 1/8 ths, butter, yellow onion cut in 1/8 ths, celery cut in 1” pieces, carrot cut in 1” pieces, chicken or turkey stock, salt, pepper.
Turkey Broth: vegetable oil, turkey neck and giblets, chopped carrot, chopped onion, chopped celery, bay leaf, turkey or chicken stock, water.
Gravy: turkey broth, dry white wine, butter, all purpose flour, salt, freshly ground black pepper.
10-12 lb turkey
For the Brine: Dissolve salt and sugar in cold water. Add oranges, lemons, thyme, and rosemary. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water. Cover and soak turkey in brine in the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours.
Roasting the Turkey: Remove turkey from brine and rinse under cold water. Pat dry inside and out. Place turkey in roasting pan. Rub with orange, then with butter. Rub butter beneath skin. Season inside cavity and outside with salt and pepper. Stuff cavity with onion, orange, celery, carrots, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and sage. Tie legs with string. Roast uncovered, breast side down at 325 degrees for one hour. Remove from oven, turn, baste with stock. Continue roasting breast side up about 2 hours, basting every hour. Remove and place on platter, tenting with foil. Let rest 20 minutes before carving.
For Turkey Broth: Heat oil over medium high. Add neck, heart, and gizzards and sauté about one minute. Add chopped vegetables and bay leaf and sauté about two minutes. Pour stock and water into pan and bring to boil. Simmer to reduce, about one hour. Add chopped liver to pan for last 15 minutes. Strain stock. Pull meat from neck and chop meat and giblets. Set aside.
For Pan Gravy: Pour turkey pan drippings in to measuring cup and skim off fat. Return dripping to roasting pan. Put pan on range over two burners. Add turkey broth and white wine and deglaze pan. Add remaining broth and simmer. Transfer to measuring cup. Add butter to saucepan. Whisk in flour to make roux. Add hot stock and simmer 10 minutes until thickened, whisking constantly. Add reserved neck and giblets, salt, and pepper. Pour into gravy boat to serve with sliced turkey.
More Roasted Turkey Recipes Favorites from Food Network
Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey from Ree Drummond
Brined and Roasted Turkey from Emeril Lagasse 2001
Oven Roasted Turkey from Pat Neely
Countdown #4 Classic Roasted Turkey from Claire Robinson
Roasted Turkey Two Ways from Wolfgang Puck
Roasted Turkey with Carrots and Shallots from Tyler Florence
Roasted Turkey Breast from Michelle Urvater
Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast from Ina Garten
Thanksgiving Pioneer-Style Herb Roasted Turkey from Bobby Flay
Roasted Butter Herb Turkey from Sandra Lee
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast from Ellie Krieger
Roasted Turkey Tenderloin with New Potatoes and Tarragon Broth from Robin Miller
Roasted Turkey Breast with Spicy Herb Oil from Sandra Lee
Countdown #6 Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey, My Way from Chris Cosentino
Maple Roasted Turkey with Sage Butter from Tyler Florence
Whole Roasted Turkey with Fennel Spice Rub from Michael Chiarello
Whole Roasted Turkey with Citrus Rosemary Salt from Michael Chiarello
Thanksgiving Turkey with Stuffing
Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Leeks and Cornbread Stuffing from Tyler Florence
Ingredient summary: 4 leeks sliced (white part only), unsalted butter, extra virgin olive oil, fresh thyme sprigs, Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, crumbled cornbread, chicken stock, 2 boneless turkey breasts
Ingredient Summary: 16 lb fresh turkey, fresh sage leaves, butter, salt, freshly ground black pepper, Pomegranate Sauce, Wild Rice and Goat Cheese Stuffing, chopped chives, pomegranate seeds
Pomegranate Sauce Ingredient Summary: unsalted butter, Spanish onion, whole black peppercorns, port wine, home-made chicken stock, pomegranate juice or cranberry juice, pomegranate molasses, light brown sugar, salt, freshly ground black pepper, fresh chives, pomegranate seeds
Wild Rice and Goat Cheese Stuffing Ingredient Summary: wild rice, water, salt, chorizo, unsalted butter, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, cubed stale country style bread, goat cheese, fresh parsley, fresh thyme, chicken stock
Maple Roasted Turkey with Sage, Smoked Bacon, and Cornbread Stuffing from Tyler Florence
Ingredient Summary: unsalted butter, fresh sage leaves, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, onions, cornbread, egg, heavy cream, chicken stock, 12 to 14 lb fresh turkey, maple syrup, hot water, smoked bacon, all purpose flour, lemon
Roasted Turkey with Artichoke Sausage Stuffing from Robin Miller
Ingredient Summary: sweet Italian sausage, button or cremini mushrooms, yellow onion, garlic, poultry seasoning, cubed French or artisan bread, artichoke hearts, grated Parmesan, fresh parsley leaves, chicken broth, 12 lb turkey, salt, freshly ground black pepper, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary
Whole Roasted Turkey (with Wild Rice Stuffing) from Wolfgang Puck
Ingredient Summary: 20 lb turkey, sweet butter, fresh rosemary, salt, black pepper, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, olive oil, chicken stock, pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, Wild Mushroom Stuffing
Wild Mushroom Stuffing Ingredient Summary: foie gras or chicken livers, cubed dried bread, dried porcini mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, onions, pancetta, celery, sliced mushrooms, chicken stock, fresh parsley, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, eggs, salt, pepper
Thanksgiving Turkey with Glazes and Gravies
Roasted Turkey with Fried Pecan-Bourbon Glaze from Paula Deen
Turkey Ingredient Summary: butter, House Seasoning, fresh parsley, shallots, garlic, 12 lb turkey, stuffing
House Seasoning Ingredient Summary: salt, pepper, garlic powder
Glaze Ingredient Summary: butter, pecan halves, brown sugar, molasses, honey, bourbon
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy from Rachael Ray
Ingredient Summary: onion, lemon, fresh sage leaves, fresh parsley, olive oil, salt, fresh bay leaves, butter, 2 boneless turkey breast halves, salt, fresh ground black pepper, all purpose flour, brandy, apple cider
Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze from Paula Deen
Turkey Ingredient Summary: butter, House Seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder), fresh parsley, shallots, garlic, 15 lb turkey, stuffing
Glaze Ingredient Summary: butter, cranberries, maple syrup, cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, apple cider, brown sugar, salt, freshly ground black pepper
Roasted Turkey Breast with Peach Rosemary Glaze from Sunny Anderson
Ingredient Summary: Apple cider, salt, fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, boneless turkey breast, onion, olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, frozen sliced peaches, honey, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar
Turkey Ingredient Summary: jumbo plastic food bag, spring water, kosher salt, superfine sugar, fresh bay leaves, shallots, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, paprika, poultry seasoning, allspice berries, garlic, 6-7 lb turkey breast
Maple-Worcestershire Gravy Ingredient Summary: butter, shallot, fresh thyme, all purpose flour, chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, dark amber maple syrup, course ground black pepper
Fruit and Nut Pilaf Ingredient Summary: butter, broken thin spaghetti, rice, carrot, celery, scallions, orange zest, chicken stock, navel orange, seedless red grapes, toasted walnuts, fresh parsley, salt, freshly ground black pepper
Seared Turkey Breast with Roasted Root Vegetables and Chardonnay Gravy from Tyler Florence
Ingredient Summary: 4 lb turkey breast, olive oil, salt, pepper, turnips, rutabaga, parsnips, carrots, onions, garlic, fresh rosemary, bay leaves, fresh thyme, orange blossom honey, fresh thyme leaves, Chardonnay, chicken broth, flour
Smoked Roasted Turkey with Pumpkin Sage Gravy from Tyler Florence
Turkey Ingredient Summary: applewood smoking chips, herbs de Provence, dried sage, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, cracked toasted fennel seeds, cracked toasted coriander seeds, fresh ground black pepper, smoked salt, 12 to 14 lb fresh turkey, fresh fennel bulb, Meyer lemon, head of garlic, bay leaf, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, extra virgin olive oil, Pumpkin Sage Gravy
Pumpkin Sage Gravy Ingredient Summary: bacon, onion, garlic cloves, fresh sage leaves, fresh pumpkin, chicken broth, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, unsalted butter
Roasted Turkey with Shiitake Leek Pan Sauce and Candied Yams from Ming Tsai
Turkey Ingredient Summary: 12 to 15 lb turkey, canola oil, black pepper, garlic cloves, shiitake mushrooms, leeks (white parts only), white wine, chicken stock, Candied Yams
Candied Yams Ingredient Summary: yams or sweet potatoes, dark brown sugar, oranges, ginger, five spice powder, butter, salt, black pepper
Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy from Claire Robinson
Ingredient Summary: 2 fresh turkey breast halves 3-lbs each, butter, Kosher salt, freshly cracked blacked pepper, shallots, chicken stock, all purpose flour
Something Different for Thanksgiving Dinner
Ingredient Summary: 2 turkey tenderloins, salt, fresh ground black pepper, cumin, olive oil, sweet potatoes, mangoes, fresh mint leaves, lime juice, Dijon mustard, fresh ginger, plain yogurt
Chile Stuffing Ingredient Summary: poblano chiles, Brie cheese, Monterey Jack cheese
Turkey Cordon Bleu Ingredient Summary: Three 2-lb boneless turkey breasts, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, vegetable oil, thinly sliced deli ham, Honey Mustard Sauce, butcher’s twine
Honey Mustard Sauce Ingredient Summary: honey, Dijon mustard
Turkey Ballotine with Prosciutto, Sage and Roasted Root Vegetables from Carolyn Wente and Kimball Jones
Turkey Ingredient Summary: 6 lb boneless turkey breast, Kosher salt, ground Szechuan peppercorns, fresh sage leaves, fresh parsley leaves, thin sliced prosciutto
Roasted Root Vegetables Ingredient Summary: red onions, carrots, turnips, parsnips, olive oil, apple cider vinegar
Roasted Turkey Roulade from Barefoot Contessa
Ingredient Summary: dried figs, cranberries, brandy, unsalted butter, onions, celery, ground pork sausage, fresh rosemary leaves, pine nuts, herb-seasoned stuffing mix, chicken stock, egg, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, 5-lb boneless turkey breast, unsalted butter
Oven Roasted Turkey Legs Wrapped in a Collard Green Leaf from Brian Hill
Ingredient Summary: garlic, sea salt, seasoned salt, cracked black pepper, olive oil, turkey legs, collard green leaves, fresh sage leaves, water
Ingredient Summary: orange juice, orange zest, roasted jalapenos, fresh sage leaves, salt, fresh ground black pepper, 16 lb turkey
Roasted Turkey with Papaya Cranberry Salsa from Robin Miller
Ingredient Summary: sliced fully cooked turkey meat, fresh papaya, fresh cilantro leaves, pickled jalapenos, dried cranberries, lime, ground cumin, salt, black pepper
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TajSingh from United Kingdom on November 17, 2011:
Hi, thanks for sharing. This will come in handy for Thanksgiving.