The time has come to sit back, relax, and stuff yourself full of gravy, potatoes, pumpkin pie, leftover pumpkin pie, and even more gravy. Thanksgiving is officially upon us, but preparing for Turkey Day is even harder than running a half-marathon. Roasting the bird is a huge responsibility, so we've rounded up the simplest and most delicious recipes from our favorite cooking blogs to ensure that your piece de resistance is a show-stopper.
Let the tryptophan-induced food coma begin!
1. Go-To Turkey Recipe
The Kitchn has a great recipe for basic turkey roasting, with detailed instructions about brining, basting, and carving. This is a wonderful place to start for those of you who have never cooked a turkey and want a few no-frills instructions. Delish every time!
2. Maple Glazed Turkey
Have you ever wondered what turkey would taste like smothered in maple syrup and butter? Well, Seasonal Family has the answer! Their recipe for maple glazed turkey is as simple as it is salivating, but it can get a little sticky. The entire bird is covered in syrup, stuffed with nutmeg, cardamom, and rosemary, and sits in a bath of apple cider. How can you go wrong? Answer: You can't!
3. No-Basting, No-Stuffing Turkey
Do you want a no-fuss turkey recipe that you can pop in the oven and forget about? Check out this recipe from Sassy Radish (adapted from Alton Brown) — you simply slather some herbed butter on the skin, pour some orange juice in the pan, and you're good to go!
4. Spatchcock Turkey
In need of a whole turkey in half the time? Try spatchcocking! Foodgawker turned us onto this recipe from Wit and Vinegar, which involves removing the backbone of the bird and letting it lie flat. So easy — who would have thought taking out a few bones would save hours in cooking time?
5. Dry-Brined Turkey
If you don't feel like buttering and basting your turkey, try out a dry-brine. Experts swear that dry-brining with herbs yields extra-crispy skin, and the process couldn't be easier — you just have to plan ahead. Three days ahead to be exact. Head over to Taste Spotting for the yummy how-to (which is based on Russ Parsons’s dry-brined turkey in the Los Angeles Times).
BONUS: Turkey Roulade
If you don't have time to roast an entire turkey, try making a roulade. This scrumptious recipe from The Mother Huddle uses a thinly pounded breast rolled with fragrant sausage and herbs, which is then cooked under foil for maximum moistness. The best part? The recipe only takes an hour-and-a-half from start to finish!