Editor's Note: These recipes originally published on Patch on Nov. 17, 2011.
Cooking, eating and family make Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays. Many families serve a whole turkey, while others serve turkey breasts or turkey legs. Here are a few recipes to get your creative juices flowing. Happy cooking!
- Perfect Roast Turkey. Barefoot Contessa’s recipe on the Food Network website, uses thyme and lemon to produce a classic flavor. The directions say to allow 30 minutes for preparation, two-and-a-half hours for cooking and 20 minutes for resting the cooked turkey.
- Turkey Breast with Cranberry Chutney, by Giant Food, uses boneless skinless turkey breast. The directions say to allow 30 minutes for preparation and 90 minutes for cooking.
- Honey Smoked Turkey, by Safeway, uses honey and mesquite wood chips to make a moist and flavorful turkey. The directions allocate 30 minutes for preparation and three-hours and 15 minutes for cooking. Get the recipe by entering “Honey Smoked Turkey” on the Safeway recipe search page.
- Honey and Rosemary Brined Turkey with Herb Riesling Gravy, from the Whole Foods Market website, brines the turkey, making it moist. The salt mixture makes the turkey absorb the water and honey, broth, peppercorns and rosemary flavorings.
- Spicy Fried Turkey Legs. Emeril Lagasse’s recipe on the Food Network website, is perfect for turkey leg lovers. The directions call for one hour for the turkey legs to absorb the seasoning and five minutes to cook the legs in the fryer.