Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

One of the culinary highlights of a great Thanksgiving dinner is the renowned turkey.  While the thought of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey dinner can be a bit intimidating, with a bit of advanced planning, you can go above and beyond to make your holiday meal the best yet. There are many recipes that help make your turkey the highlight of the evening.

Here are two of the best Turkey recipes for your perfect Thanksgiving dinner:

This herb roasted turkey is a take on the traditional roasted turkey that is packed with distinctive fall flavors that will never fail to please at your Thanksgiving table. This turkey takes approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes to cook, and requires ingredients such as 6 sprig fresh rosemary, 6 sprig fresh sage, 3 medium onions, 3 head garlic, 2 tbsp. olive oil or melted butter, kosher salt, 2 medium carrots, 2 stalk celery, and ¾ c. low-sodium chicken broth.

First, heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the giblets and neck from the cavity of the turkey and then pat the turkey dry using paper towels. Stuff the herbs, half of the onions, and the garlic into the main cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine, and tuck the wing tips underneath the body. Rub the turkey with the oil and sprinkle it with 2 teaspoons of salt. Place the turkey neck, carrots, celery, and the remaining onions and garlic in a large roasting pan. Place the roasting rack in the pan and put the turkey on top.

Then, roast the turkey until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit, for approximately three hours. Finally, carefully tilt the turkey to empty the juices from the cavity into the pan. Transfer the turkey to a carving board, cover loosely with foil, and let it rest for at least 25 minutes before carving.

Fried Turkey takes a total of two hours to cook. You will need 1½ tbsp. kosher salt, 1½ tbsp. smoked paprika, 1½ tsp. garlic powder, 1½ tsp. onion powder, 1½ tsp. fresh ground pepper, 1¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 whole fresh turkey, and about 3 gallons of Peanut oil. Stir together the first six ingredients. Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and discard. Drain cavity well and pat entire turkey dry with paper towels. Loosen and lift skin from turkey with fingers, without totally detaching skin. Then, generously spread the seasoning under skin. Carefully replace skin and secure with wooden picks, if desired. Sprinkle and rub remaining seasoning inside cavity and on outside of turkey. Let the turkey stand at room temperature while oil heats.

Meanwhile, pour the oil into a deep propane turkey fryer 10 to 12 inches from top, and heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit over a medium-low flame. Place the turkey on the fryer rod while carefully and slowly lowering turkey into the hot oil. Fry for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of thigh registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, remove turkey from the oil, drain, and let it stand for 25 minutes before slicing.

There are many ways to make your Thanksgiving dinner in your new home in Harrisburg one that your family will never forget. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new and exciting recipes!