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Food Network’s Most Popular Recipes for Thanksgiving Turkey

Updated on July 26, 2018
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Rose Mary's mother and all of her aunts are great Southern cooks. She likes to think she's not so bad herself.

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!

Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey
Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey | Source

Basic Roasted Turkey

Perfect Roast Turkey from Ina Garten

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.

Roasted Tom Turkey from Robert Irvine

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.

Brined, Herb Roasted Turkey from Emeril Lagasse 2007

Ingredient Summary:

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

Directions highlights:

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.

Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey with Herbs
Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey with Herbs | Source
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme are Popular Herbs for Roasting a Turkey
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme are Popular Herbs for Roasting a Turkey | Source

More Roasted Turkey Recipes Favorites from Food Network

Stuffed Turkey
Stuffed Turkey | Source

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

Roasted Turkey with Pomegranate Sauce and Wild Rice and Goat Cheese Stuffing from Bobby Flay

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

Roasted, Brined Turkey Breast with Maple-Worcestershire Gravy and Fruit and Nut Rice Pilaf from Rachael Ray

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

Root Vegetables are a Great Accompaniment for Turkey Dinner
Root Vegetables are a Great Accompaniment for Turkey Dinner | Source

Something Different for Thanksgiving Dinner

Herb Roasted Turkey Tenderloin with Mango, Lime and Ginger Dressing and Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Robin Miller

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

Turkey Cordon Bleu Stuffed with Ham, Roasted Green Chiles and Brie from Guy Fieri

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

Roasted Turkey Rubbed with Roasted Jalapeno, Fresh Sage & Orange Butter from Bobby Flay

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

Cordon Bleu
Cordon Bleu | Source

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    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi, thanks for sharing. This will come in handy for Thanksgiving.


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