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Special Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Delicious Turkey Recipes

Over the years, Happy Thanksgiving and turkeys have become unanimous. Welcome to our turkey recipes page, where you will find quite-a-mouthful of delicious preparations to try your hand on, and make a very special dinner with your family. There are roasts, sandwich, bakes, and even candies. You can also save the page in your computer by clicking on the top left file menu and choose 'save as'. Click Here for a short history of how this bird got associated with this festival.

Turkey Breast with Gravy


  • Fresh Turkey Breast, on the bone, rinsed and patted dry- 6 pounds
  • Unsalted soft butter- 2 tablespoons
  • Kosher salt.
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 inches pieces of Celery- 1 stalk
  • Peel off onions and cut into 2 inches pieces- 2 small onions
  • Unbleached flour- ¼ cup
  • Turkey - 3 cups.


  • The oven should be preheated to 325 degree F.
  • Fill up the cavity of the turkey breast with butter and also rub the turkey properly with the butter.
  • Use salt and pepper generously.
  • Sprinkle the vegetables on the pan and keep the turkey on these scattered vegetables.
  • Place the Turkey meat breast side-up.
  • Roast the meat for more than 2 hours or keep an eye on the temperature which should be 160 degree F.
  • Use a cutting board to keep turkey meat and wrap loosely with foil for 30 minutes.
  • Let the temperature to climb up to 170 degree F.
  • Set aside.
  • Keep 3 tablespoons of the fat and discard the rest.
  • Include juices to stock as well.
  • Place a burner and set it over medium heat after adding the reserved fat to the roasting pan.
  • Use a wooden spoon to scrape up browned bits if any.
  • Stir it with flour while you cook it for 2 more minutes.
  • Whisk in the stock and continue to stir this at the same time.
  • Boil it for 3 minutes until thick.
  • Strain the gravy clearing the vegetables.
  • Add salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Slice the breast before serving it with gravy.

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Thanksgiving Turkey


  • Oven
  • Paper towel
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped carrots
  • Chopped apples
  • Chopped herbs
  • Foil


  • The oven should be preheated to 325 degree F.
  • Neck and giblets should be taken out of the cavity.
  • The liver should be ditched and rest of the giblets should be reserved.
  • Use paper towel to dry the turkey.
  • Season it properly with salt and pepper.
  • Use chopped onions, carrots, apples and herbs to fill the turkey.
  • Place the turkey on the pan breast side up
  • Brush with melted butter.
  • Roast it for approximately 2 hours tenting it with foil.
  • Throw away foil.
  • Use more melted butter to brush it.
  • Again heat the roasting pan on 425 degree F.
  • Continue roasting it for another hour.
  • Set it aside while you are busy making the gravy.

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Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey


  • Hot water- 1 gallon
  • Kosher salt- 1 pound
  • Vegetable broth- 2 quarts
  • Honey- 1 pound
  • Ice bag
  • Turkey-1
  • Vegetable oil


  • Remove the giblets from the turkey.
  • Use a 54 quart cooler and combine salt and hot water.
  • Stir it to dissolve the salt.
  • Stir while you put vegetable broth, honey and ice.
  • Place the turkey breast side up.
  • Cover it with cooler lid.
  • Heat it for 12 hours.
  • Dry thoroughly after removing the turkey from brine.
  • Rub vegetable oil on the turkey.
  • Heat it on 400 degree F.
  • Use a thick aluminum foil.
  • Build a smoke bomb.
  • A cup of hickory wood chips should be placed in the centre of the foil and collect the edges making a small pouch.
  • Don’t forget to leave the pouch open at the top.
  • This should be placed directly on the metal bar over the gas flame.
  • Set the turkey on 160 degree F.
  • Cook for an hour closing the lid.
  • Check the color (should be golden brown) of the skin after one hour.
  • Continue cooking covering it with aluminum foil.
  • Replace wood chips with second cup after 1 hour.
  • Once the temperature of the turkey reaches at 160 degree F, remove it from the grill quickly.
  • Cover it now with aluminum foil.
  • Set it aside for one hour.
  • Slice and serve it to guests.

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Baked Turkey Wings

4 Turkey wings, halved
4 Small turkey drumsticks

For Sauce
3/4 Cup catsup
1/4 Cup lemon juice
1 Medium-size onion, chopped
2 tbsp Vegetable oil
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp Brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Chili powder
Tabasco sauce to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the turkey wings and drumsticks into a 3-quart oven-proof dish, keep aside.

Take a saucepan and fry onion into hot oil for about 2 minutes, until brown.

Reduce the heat to low.

Add brown sugar and simmer over medium heat for 2 minutes, keep stirring.

Remove from the heat.

Add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, catsup, Dijon mustard, chili powder, and Tabasco sauce, mix well.

Pour the sauce over wings and drumsticks.

Cover it and bake into preheated oven for about 1 hour.

Remove the excess fat.

Uncover and bake for about 35 minutes more, till the wings and drumsticks are tender and juicy.

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Emeril's Fried Turkey

2 Turkeys of 8 to 10 pounds each
10 Gallons peanut oil

For The Marinade:
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 Cup apple cider
1 tbsp Liquid zatarian's concentrated crab and shrimp boil
1 tbsp Ground allspice
3/4 Cup honey
1/4 tsp Cayenne
1 Bottle beer
1/2 Cup creole seasoning
1 tbsp Salt
Pinch ground cloves

For The Seasoning Mix
1 tbsp Cayenne
1 tbsp Black pepper, freshly ground
1 Cup salt

Combine all the marinade ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend it for about 5 minutes.

Fill a syringe and inject it into each turkey in the breast, thigh area, as well as the back, wings and legs.

Mix the seasoning ingredients and massage the mixture evenly all over each turkey.

Put the turkeys in big plastic bags and secure before refrigerating them for about 24 hours.

Fill a big pot three quarters of the way full with the peanut oil.

Heat the oil to between 350 and 360 degrees F.

Put 1 turkey in the basket carefully and gradually lower it into the hot oil.
With a long-handled fork, turn the turkey every 10 minutes.

Cook it until the internal temperature reaches 170 to 180 degrees F on an instant read meat thermometer.
A whole turkey will take 3 to 5 minutes per pound to cook.

Now carefully lift the basket out of the hot oil by inserting a broomstick through the handles and having two people lift the basket out of the pot.

Using the long-handled forks, transfer the turkey to a big brown paper bag and let stand for 15 minutes before removing to carve.

Repeat the same process for the second turkey.

Carve the turkey and serve it.

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Chili Turkey Wraps

Serves: 5
Cooking Time: 10 Min
Preparation Time: 15 Min

400 g cooked Turkey (shredded)
100 g fresh Coriander
4 to 5 Chili Flavoured Tortillas
4 tbsp Tomato Chili Sauce
250 g non fat Cream Cheese
300 g thinly sliced Green Onions
50 g Ripe Olives (drained and sliced)
250 g Lettuce (chopped)

In a large bowl, make a mixture of chili sauce and cream cheese.

Spread this mixture evenly on one side of the tortillas. Add, with spoon, a bit of each of the other ingredients - the lettuce, the green onions, coriander and olives - on top.

Roll the tortillas snugly and cut into half. Serve with salsa.

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Cuban Thanksgiving Turkey

12-14 lb Size turkey
8 tbsp Unsalted butter
Fresh ground pepper as needed
Salt as needed

1 Garlic head, break in cloves and peel
1 Cup Lime juice or sour orange juice
1 tsp Fresh ground pepper
1 -1/2 tsp Ground cumin
2 tsp Dried oregano
1 tbsp Salt

The day before, remove giblets and any lumps of fat from the turkey cavities.

Rinse the turkey properly and blot dry.

Season the inside with salt and pepper and loosen the turkey skin from the meat.

To do this, begin at the neck and tunnel your fingers, then whole hand, under the skin to separate the skin from the breast meat.

Slide your hand down to loosen the skin over the thighs, drumsticks and back carefully, so as not to tear the skin.

For the marinade, mash the garlic and salt in a mortar to make a fine paste.

Add pepper, cumin, oregano and all the lime juice or sour orange juice and puree the ingredients.

Now add 3 tbsp marinade to the main cavity and 1 tbsp to the neck cavity.

Put rest of the marinade under the skin and work over a roasting pan to catch any runoff from the marinade.

Keep the bird in a big plastic bag with any excess marinade and marinate the turkey overnight into the refrigerator, turning some times.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Thinly cut the butter and put half of the slices under the skin.

Melt rest of the butter.

Tie the turkey and put it on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up.

Brush the skin of the turkey with some melted butter.

Loosely drape a big piece of cheesecloth over the skin and pour rest of the butter and marinade over the cheesecloth.

Roast it for about 2 hours and baste it with the juices and butter that gather in the pan.

Lift the cheesecloth from time to time to keep it from sticking to turkey.

Raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and roast for about 1 hour.

Now again raise the heat to 400 degrees F and take away the cheesecloth from the turkey.

Roast for about 15 to 20 minutes, basting often.

When cooked, the skin will turn to golden and the leg juices will run clear when pierce with a fork.

The internal temperature should be 185 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer and the drumstick should loose when wiggled. Shift the turkey to a tray or cutting board.

Let stand for about 15 minutes before carving.

Now strain the pan juices and serve it on the side.

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Super Moist Roast Turkey

12 lb Turkey
1/4 Cup onions, finely chopped
1/4 Cup turnip, finely chopped
1/4 Cup carrots, finely chopped
3 Cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 Cup celery, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Sprinkle the turkey inside and outside with salt and pepper.

Put wings under the turkey and place the turkey in an oven roasting bag.

Spread onions, celery, turnip, carrots and garlic over and around the turkey.

Fold the top of the bag over and keep the turkey breast up, in a small roasting pan.

Now add water to a depth of about 1 inch.

Roast turkey for about 3 -1/2 hours till a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the leg , reaches 165 degrees F to 170 degrees F.

Carefully tear open and take out the bag.

Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees F.

Roast 30 minutes longer till the thermometer registers 180 degrees F, basting with the pan juices every 5 minutes till golden brown.

Remove the roasting pan from the oven and carefully shift the turkey to a serving dish.

Letting the juices run back into the pan and reserve the juices for gravy.

Cover the bird with foil and let stand for about 20 minutes before carving.

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Roast Turkey With Chestnut Stuffing

12 Pounds whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
2 Pounds chestnuts
2 Cups butter
2 Cups minced onion
10 Cups dried bread crumbs
2 Cups minced celery
1 tsp Thyme, dried
1 tsp Savory, dried
1 tsp Rosemary, dried
1 tsp Marjoram, dried
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Cut a cross on the flat side of each chestnut, with a sharp knife.

Cover it with water and simmer, in a saucepan for about 5 minutes.

Drain and remove the shells and inner brown skins.

Cover it with fresh water and boil it for about 20 to 30 minutes till tender.

Drain and chop coarsely.

To prepare the stuffing, melt the butter in a medium saucepan on medium flame.

Add onions and celery to it, and cook till tender and mix in bread crumbs and chestnuts.

Season it with, marjoram, thyme, savory, and rosemary.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Rinse the turkey under cold running water, and pat dry.

Massage salt and pepper into the body cavities and loosely spoon stuffing into body cavities.

Seal the skin with skewers or kitchen twine, and tie the drumsticks together.

Put the turkey on a rack in a medium roasting pan.

Roast the turkey 3-1/2 to 4- 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, till internal temperature of thigh reaches 180 degrees F and stuffing reaches 165 degrees F.

Place a foil tent over the turkey during the last half of roasting time to avoid the over browning.

Remove it from the oven and place on the platter and allow the turkey to stand for about 20 minutes before carving.

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Tropical Turkey Meatloaf

Serves: 8
Cooking Time: 75 Min
Preparation Time: 10 Min

2 Eggs/ equivalent Egg Substitute
1 (8 ounce) can Unsweetened Pineapple
3 tbsp Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce
1-1/2 pounds ground Lean Turkey
1 tsp Sugar
1 cup dry Bread Crumbs
1 tbsp finely chopped Onion
1 finely chopped Green Onion
2 tsp finely chopped Jalapeno Pepper
3/4 tsp ground Ginger
1/2 tsp ground Mustard
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Honey
1 tsp Lime Juice
1 pinch Pepper

In a bowl, whisk the eggs and add 1/3 cup pineapple and along with the ginger, mustard, pepper and the garlic powder.

Now, add the bread crumbs and mix well. Next, crush and crumble the meat over this mixture and mix well.

Transfer this mixture into an 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Top this mixture will another tablespoon full of pineapple.

Bake at 175 degrees C for one and a quarter hour or until a meat turns a nice golden colour. Let it stand for five minutes before serving.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, make a mix of onions, jalapeno, honey, lime juice, pepper and remaining pineapple. Serve with the meat loaf.

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Hickory-Smoked Bourbon Turkey

1 Whole turkey of 11-pound, thawed
1 tbsp Pickling spice
2 Cups maple syrup
1 Cup bourbon
1 Celery rib
1 Large carrot, scraped
1 Medium onion, peeled and halved
Hickory wood chunks
1 Lemon
2 tsp Pepper
1 tbsp Salt

Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey and reserve it for other uses, if desired.

Rinse the turkey thoroughly with cold running water and pat dry.

Add the water to a big stockpot, filling half full and stir in the maple syrup, pickling spice and bourbon.

Add turkey and additional water to cover, if required.

Cover and chill turkey for 2 days.

Soak hickory wood chunks in fresh water for about 30 minutes.

Prepare charcoal fire in smoker and let fire burn for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove the turkey from the water, discard the water mixture and pat dry.

Cut carrot and celery in half diagonally.

Stuff the cavity with carrot, onion and celery.

Pierce the lemon with a fork and put it in the neck cavity.

Combine salt and pepper and massage the mixture over turkey.

Fold the wings under, and tie legs together with twine, if desired.

Drain the wood chunks, place on coals and put water pan in smoker.

Add water to depth of fill line and place turkey in the middle of the lower food rack.

Cover with smoker lid and cook for about 6 hours till a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of turkey thigh registers 180 degrees F.

Add additional water, charcoal, and wood chunks as required.

Remove the turkey from the smoker and let stand for about 15 minutes before slicing.

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Serves: 14
Work Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: about 4 hours 15 minutes
One 14-pound fresh or frozen (thawed) turkey, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, Pan Gravy, fresh herbs and grapes for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for making Pan Gravy. Rinse turkey with cold running water and drain well.

2. Fasten neck skin to back with 1 or 2 skewers. With turkey breast side up, fold wings under back of turkey so they stay in place. Depending on brand of turkey, with string, tie legs and tail together, or push drumsticks under band of skin, or use stuffing clamp.

3. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in large roasting pan. Rub turkey all over with salt and pepper. Cover turkey with a loose tent of foil. Insert meat thermometer through foil into thickest part of thigh next to body, being careful that pointed end of thermometer does not touch bone. Roast turkey about 3 3/4 hours; start checking for doneness during last hour of roasting.

4. While turkey is roasting, prepare giblets and neck to use in Pan Gravy.

5. To brown turkey, remove foil during last 1 hour of roasting time and baste occasionally with pan drippings. Turkey is done when thigh temperature on meat thermometer reaches 180 degrees to 185 degrees F and drumstick feels soft when pressed with fingers protected by paper towels. (Breast temperature should be 170 degrees to 175 degrees F.)

6. When turkey is done, place on warm large platter; keep warm. Prepare Pan Gravy.

7. To serve, garnish platter with fresh herbs and grapes. Serve with gravy. Remove skin from turkey before eating, if you like.

Pan Gravy:
In 3-quart saucepan over high heat, heat gizzard, heart, neck, and enough water to cover to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 45 minutes. Add liver and cook 15 minutes longer. Drain, reserving broth. Pull meat from neck; discard bones. Coarsely chop neck meat and giblets. Cover and refrigerate meat and broth separately.

To make gravy, remove rack from roasting pan. Pour pan drippings through sieve into 4-cup measure or medium bowl. Add 1 cup giblet broth to roasting pan and stir until brown bits are loosened; pour into drippings in measuring cup. Let stand a few seconds, until fat separates from meat juice. Spoon 2 tablespoons fat from drippings into 2-quart saucepan; skim and discard any remaining fat. Add remaining giblet broth and enough water to meat juice in cup to equal 3 cups.

Into fat in saucepan over medium heat, stir 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until flour turns golden brown. Gradually stir in meat-juice mixture and cook, stirring, until gravy boils and thickens slightly. Stir in reserved giblets and neck meat; heat through. Pour gravy into gravy boat.

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(Serves 12)

1 12-lb. whole Turkey
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
1 cup Butter or Margarine
1 cup Onion, chopped
4 cups Water
1 cup Orange Juice
3 Tbs. grated Orange Rind
4 cups Celery, chopped
2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Poultry Seasoning
5 1/3 cup pre-cooked Rice
1/2 cup fresh Parsley, chopped

Pat the whole turkey cavity dry with paper towels, but make sure the outside of the turkey stays moist. Sprinkle the cavity with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter or margarine over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until tender, but not yet browned. Add water, orange juice, orange rind, celery, the 2 tsp. salt, and poultry seasoning. Bring the mixture to a boil and add the rice. Cover, and remove from the heat source. Let stand for about 5 minutes, until the rice has finished cooking and absorbed most of the liquid. Stir in the chopped parsley with a fork, fluffing the rice as you mix in the fresh herb.

Stuff the neck and body cavity of the whole turkey with the rice. Skewer the neck skin to the body of the turkey to seal the front. Lift the legs of the turkey slightly and bind with kitchen twine to hold, making sure the loose skin at the back of the turkey covers the cavity with the rice. Skewer the back side to hold the rice firm, if necessary.

Place whole turkey, breast side up, in a shallow roasting pan. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake at 325-F degrees for about 4 hours and 30 minutes, or until a meat thermometer attains 180-F degrees in the thickest part of the turkey.

Make sure to check the turkey about every half hour and baste as necessary. Remove the foil tent during the last half-hour of oven roasting to produce a golden skin. You may elect to baste with a mixture of melted butter and orange juice for an evenly crisp and golden presentation.

Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes after removing the whole turkey from the oven, for easier carving. Carve and serve

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1 cup cooked turkey, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 small Red Delicious apple, cored and cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon reduce-calorie mayonnaise
1 tablespoon nonfat yogurt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
4 lettuce leaves
8 slices reduced-calorie raisin bread

In medium-size bowl combine turkey, celery, apples, walnuts, mayonnaise, yogurt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight to allow flavors to blend.* To serve, arrange a lettuce leaf on a bread slice. Spoon 3/4 cup turkey mixture over lettuce leaf and top with another bread slice. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
*NOTE: Turkey mixture will keep up to four days in the refrigerator.

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(Serves 4)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup (1/4-inch) celery slices
1 Tablespoon margarine
2 Cups turkey broth or low-sodium chicken bouillon
2-1/2 Cups peeled, (3/4-inch) cubed potatoes
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon white pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
2 Cups («-inch) cubed COOKED TURKEY
1/4 Cup cornstarch
2 Cups skim milk

In 3-quart saucepan, over medium-high heat, saute onion and celery in margarine until vegetables are tender-crisp.
Add broth, potatoes, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in turkey.
In medium bowl, combine cornstarch and milk. Stir into soup and cook until thickened.

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1 package (6 ounces) wild and white rice mix, uncooked
2-1/3 cups water
1 can (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
1 can (14 ounces) whole artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1 jar (2 ounces) chopped pimento, drained
2 cups cooked turkey, cut into «-inch cubes
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded.

In 2-quart casserole combine rice with seasoning packet, water, mushrooms, artichokes, pimento and turkey. Cover and bake in 350 degree F. Oven 1 hour and 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Top casserole with cheese and bake, uncovered, 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.

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12 chocolate candy stars
12 caramels, unwrapped
12 scalloped chocolate-frosted shortbread cookies
12 pieces candy corn

To make each turkey, place chocolate star, point side up, on work surface. Place one caramel on waxed paper; microwave on high for 5 to 10 seconds or just until slightly softened. Place softened caramel on tip of chocolate star, pressing down so they stick together. To make the tail, press chocolate cookie, striped side facing forward, firmly against the soft caramel to stand upright. Press candy corn on top of caramel to resemble turkey's beak. 12 cookies.

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2 pounds turkey thighs (or netted boneless turkey roast)
1 large onion, chopped
1 can (10 3/3 ounces) condensed beef broth
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 can *8-ounces) tomato sauce
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups uncooked medium noodles
1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream

Remove skin and bone from turkey; discard. Cut meat into 3/4-inch cubes. Put onion into a 3-quart round casserole. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on 100% (High) 2 to 3 minutes. Or use 2 cups cooked turkey.

Add meat, broth and garlic to onions; re-cover. Microwave on 100% (High) 5 minutes. Stir and re-cover. Microwave on 100% (High) 5 minutes.

Add tomato sauce, paprika, caraway seeds and pepper; stir well. Stir uncooked noodles into casserole so that all noodles are below the surface of the liquid. Re-cover and microwave on 100% (High) 6 minutes. Stir, re-cover. Microwave on 100% (High) 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in yogurt or sour cream. Cover and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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Given Below, are 3 preparations to stuff your roast turkeys. Choose as per your taste.


(For 12-Pound Turkey)

5 1/2 cups Fresh Mushrooms; Sliced
6 cups Green Onions or Scallions; Thinly Sliced
1 cup Butter
12 cups Coarse White Bread Crumbs
1 tsp. Salt

In a large saucepan saute mushrooms and onions in butter for 10-minutes until wilted. In a large mixing bowl, pour sauteed ingredients over bread crumbs and toss lightly until moisture is consistent throughout the mixture. Stuff turkey and bake.

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Oyster Stuffing

(For a 10-15 Pound Turkey)

1 Loaf White Bread, Un-sliced
1/2 lb Butter or Margarine
2 Small Onions; Chopped
1 Stalk Celery; Chopped
3 Tbs. Fresh Parsley, Minced
1 tsp. Fresh Thyme Leaves
2 tsp. Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 pint Oysters In Liquor
Crumble the bread quite small. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onions and celery; cook until the onions are soft and beginning to show color. Stir in the bread crumbs, add the parsley and thyme, salt and pepper. Drain the oysters, reserving the liquor, and heat the liquor to the boiling point. If the oysters are large, cut them in half, if small, use whole. Add oysters to the liquor and cook until the edges start to curl. Drain promptly and stir the oysters into the bread mixture. Stuff your turkey with the mixture and bake.

If it is difficult to get oysters canned in liquor, Substitute 1 can Oyster Stew, prepare as directed and add 1/4 tsp. Sage to your Stuffing.

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(For a 12-Pound Turkey)

turkey thanksgiving recipes index 1 Large Onion; Chopped
1 cup Butter
1 cup Celery; Finely Chopped
2 tsp. Granulated Chicken Bouillon
1 tsp. Poultry Seasoning
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1 1/4 cup Water
12 cups White Bread; Cubed
(Approximately 24-slices)
3/4 cup Parsley

In a large pan sauté chopped onion in butter until soft. Add celery, broth, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and water and heat to a boil. Place bread and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour sautéed ingredients over bread mixture and toss lightly until moisture is evenly distributed. Stuff well cleaned turkey with mixture and bake.

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3 pts.

2 small turkey tenderloins, about 1/2 pound each
Nonstick vegetable spray
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies or jalapeno pepper, as desired
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1 tsp olive oil

Cut deep pocket horizontally in side of each tenderloin, making sure not to cut all the way through. Spray non-stick skillet with vegetable spray. Sauté onion and garlic until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in green chilies and cilantro. Stuff onion mixture into pockets in tenderloins; secure with metal skewer or wooden picks. Brush
tenderloins lightly with oil. Grill, covered, over medium coals or Broil 6 inches from heat source 15 minutes per side or until tenderloins are cooked through. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.

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1 whole 12 to 14 lb turkey
1 whole 12 to 14 lb turkey
1/2 cup sage leaves (fresh)
1 apple (quartered)
1 stalk celery (halved)
1 onion (halved)
1/2 cup butter (melted)

Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for other uses if desired. Rinse turkey with cold water and pat dry. Loosen skin from the turkey breast a bit not totally detaching. Place rosemary and sage under skin then smooth skin over herbs and back into place. Place apple celery and onion into the neck cavity. Place the turkey breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan and brush with melted butter. Cover turkey loosely with a "tent" of aluminum foil. Bake at 325 degrees until meat thermometer registers about 180 degrees. This should take from 3 1/2 to 4 hours but begin checking after 3 hours. Remove turkey and let stand 15 minutes before carving. Serve with gravy.

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1 Cup long-grain rice
1 Can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1/2 Cup white wine, 2 Teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 Teaspoon each dried rosemary, thyme and sage
1 Bay leaf
1 bone-in Turkey Breast (5-6 pounds)
3 Cloves garlic.

Preheat oven to 350.In 5-quart Dutch oven combine rice, broth, wine, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage and bay leaf. Place turkey over rice mixture and sprinkle turkey generously with paprika. Cut off root ends of garlic cloves. Place whole garlic bulbs, cut-end-up, in rice around turkey breast. Cover top of Dutch oven with foil and lid. Bake at 350 degrees F. 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of breast registers 170-175 degrees F. Allow to stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving. To serve, carve turkey into slices and place on platter. Spoon rice mixture into serving bowl. Squeeze garlic from skins onto turkey and rice.

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For turkey:
6 quarts water
2 large onions (quartered)
1 cup coarse salt
1 cup chopped fresh ginger
3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
4 large bay leaves
4 whole star anise
12 whole black peppercorns (crushed).
1 13- to 14-pound turkey ,niblets discarded.
4 cups hickory smoke chips (soaked in water 30 minutes, drained)
Disposable 9x6 1/4x1-inch aluminum broiler pans.
2 large oranges, cut into wedges
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons oriental sesame oil.
For glaze:
3/4 cup pure maple syrup, 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1/3 cup Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter.

First the turkey is soaked overnight in a brine to improve flavor and ensure moist meat. (Be sure to use a pot large enough to hold both the brine and the turkey.) The smokiness of the turkey is offset beautifully by the tangy, sweet glaze, which incorporates two quintessential Napa Valley ingredients: wine and mustard.
To Prepare Turkey:
Combine first 8 ingredients in very large pot. Bring mixture to simmer, stirring until salt and sugar dissolve. Cool brine completely. Rinse turkey inside and out. Place turkey in brine, pressing to submerge. Chill overnight, turning turkey twice.
If using charcoal barbecue:
Mound charcoal briquettes in barbecue and burn until light gray. Using tongs, carefully divide hot briquettes into 2 piles, 1 pile at each side of barbecue. Sprinkle each pile with generous 1/2 cup hickory chips. Place empty broiler pan between piles. Position grill at least 6 inches above briquettes. Position vents on barbecue so that chips smoke and briquettes burn but do not flame.
If using gas or electric barbecue:
Preheat barbecue with all burners on high. Turn off center burner and lower outside burners to medium-low heat. Place generous 1/2 cup hickory chips in each of 2 broiler pans. Set pans over 2 lit burners. Place empty broiler pan over unlit burner. Position grill at least 6 inches above burners.
Remove turkey from brine; discard brine. Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Place orange wedges in main cavity. Mix olive oil and sesame oil in small bowl. Brush over turkey. Arrange breast side up on grill, centering above empty broiler pan. Cover; cook until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 160°F, adding 1 cup hickory chips (and 6 briquettes if using charcoal barbecue) to barbecue every 30 minutes, about 3 hours.
For glaze:
Bring all ingredients to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Brush glaze over turkey; cover and cook until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180°F, covering any dark areas of turkey with foil, about 1 hour longer. Transfer turkey to platter. Tent with foil and let stand 30 minutes. Serves 8.

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