Thanksgiving Turkey How Do I Make The Perfect Turkey?

November 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Food & Recipes, General

I just realized that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and that means getting ready to do a little cooking.  We rarely head home for this particular Holiday because of Christmas being so close.  I love all the food that comes along with Thanksgiving but sometimes the task of making all the good things you remember a can be an undertaking for our small but growing family.

The boys are still little so they don’t really eat all that much in a sitting, my husband refuses to eat anything with onions or nothing with any taste.  He won’t even eat sausage stuffing and I love the stuff.  I like to go all out so I don’t feel like I am missing the good food like I remember from back home.  The only problem is that, I wind up with all this food and it never tastes the same to me when you eat leftovers.

So this year, I will still probably go all out, but there is one thing, I have yet to master, the TURKEY.  I would love to taste a turkey that isn’t dry, that isn’t undercooked and that tastes like all these famous chefs brag about.  I have no clue what recipes to try, and there are  like a bazillion of them on the internet.  A turkey should be awesome, because it is the center of the meal.  I have heard that to brine a turkey is the best method, and I tried it one year and made a mess.  Isn’t there an easier way?  What is the best turkey recipe? I would love some hints and tips!

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9 Responses to “Thanksgiving Turkey How Do I Make The Perfect Turkey?”
  1. Amy says:

    My ALL TIME favorite recipe is Maple roasted turkey, it’s sweet so kids usually love it and it’s not that tough to cook. I make it every single year and just thinking about it makes me drool lol
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/maple-roasted-turkey-with-sage-smoked-bacon-and-cornbread-stuffing-recipe2/index.html?rsrc=search

  2. Laurie says:

    That sounds yummy if I can convince my husband about the sweet part. I am sure the boys would love it but not so sure on the man of the house!

  3. Amy says:

    LOL Laurie, it takes some getting used to for the men but the turkey meat itself comes out to be really moist (ech I hate that word lol) and the whiter meat is less flavored than the dark.

  4. Rhea says:

    Laurie, here is the link to my favorite turkey recipe that I have made the last few years:
    http://mommy23monkeys.com/2009/11/05/my-favorite-thanksgiving-turkey-recipe/

    It’s actually a Jaime Oliver recipe. Putting the stuffing under the skin really flavors the meat and keeps it moist. It is SO good.

    Good luck this year. I hear good things about brining, too. I hope you find a recipe that works for you.

  5. Brittany says:

    Can’t lie…I’ve never made a Turkey Deal meal! But if you find a recipe that works out post it – will need it in the future!

  6. Rachel says:

    I’m in the same boat…never had to cook a turkey myslef…I’m spoiled, each year we go to my grandmothers or my parents house and just show up and eat!

  7. Robin G says:

    I always brine mine …it makes a huge difference.

  8. I’m clueless! I always just throw it in the oven. It’s a crap shoot every time, lol. Good luck!!

  9. I can’t believe your husband doesn’t like stuffing! Wish I could help with turkey advice, but I actually have not prepared one before.

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