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Finding a recipe for your holiday turkey can be a daunting task. Are you roasting? Frying? Air Frying? Smoking? While there isn’t a wrong way to prepare your bird this holiday, I’ve compiled a list of the best Turkey recipes I know for you and your family to enjoy!
You don’t have to be preparing a huge bird either, prepare a tasty turkey tenderloin meal for you and your spouse. Have a house full of crispy skin lovers? Try a spatchcocked turkey, every bit of skin gets golden and crispy while the meat is still tender and juicy.
I hope you find the perfect recipe for your holiday meals this year. If you tried one of these recipes I would love to hear how it turned out and what your guests thought. Share your story in the comments below!
15 Turkey Recipes for this Holiday Season
Enjoy preparing your holiday turkey dinner stress-free with these wonderfully flavorful, tender, and juicy turkey recipes.
Roasted Air Fryer Turkey Breast (Bone-In or Boneless)
Spatchcock Turkey Recipe
A spatchcocked turkey roasts in less than 2 hours and has wonderfully juicy meat and crispy skin. Level up your Thanksgiving game with a beautifully presented spatchcocked turkey.
This smoked turkey makes the best holiday main course without taking up any oven space. It’s wet brined in a flavorful mixture of spices and seasonings and then slow-smoked to juicy perfection.
Instant Pot Turkey Breast (Bone-in or Boneless)
Air Fryer Roasted Turkey Legs
Smothered Turkey Wings
Made from scratch, these smothered turkey wings are a true Southern favorite. Seasoned and roasted turkey wings are baked in a rich homemade gravy for a hearty and comforting family meal.
Smothered Turkey Necks Recipe
This Southern Smothered Turkey Necks Recipe is a soul food classic. Roasted, oven-baked neck bones and rice drizzled in gravy is a staple Sunday dinner meal.
Turkey Cutlets with Gravy | 20 Minutes
Tender and juicy turkey cutlets with a flavorful gravy. This single serving turkey cutlets recipe is so easy and everything cooks in one pan!
Seasoned Air Fryer Turkey Wings
Whether you serve them as part of your Thanksgiving dinner, or as part of a weeknight main meal, these seasoned turkey wings are effortless to make in the air fryer. Ready to enjoy in thirty minutes using just a few basic ingredients.
Juicy Air Fryer Turkey Thighs
It’s so easy to cook these juicy turkey thighs in the air fryer! Beautifully seasoned with crispy skin and done in 30 minutes.
Sous Vide Turkey Breast
My Sous Vide Turkey Breast is cooked low and slow, and flavored with a spice blend of poultry seasoning, Cajun seasoning, and other spices. This simple method of cooking results in deliciously juicy and flavorful turkey breast every time.
Slow Cooker Turkey
Oven Baked Turkey Tenderloin
My Oven Baked Turkey Tenderloin is a great recipe for using this lean cut of meat. First set the turkey aside to marinate in a blend of soy sauce, orange and lemon juice and zest, and spices, before baking in the oven until soft and tender.
Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin
My Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin is simple to prepare and quick to cook. Start by rubbing the tenderloins with olive oil, poultry seasoning, onion powder, salt and pepper, then leave the air fryer to do all the hard work.
Baked Turkey Thighs & Vegetables
When it comes to simple one-pot dishes you can’t beat my Oven Baked Turkey Thighs & Vegetables. The turkey thighs are coated with a blend of spices and placed over a selection of vegetables before being baked in the oven.
In whichever fashion you make your turkey this Thanksgiving, keeping it moist is probably the number one concern. Here are a few key ways to keep your turkey moist.
–Covering the turkey. Covering the turkey breast with foil while baking will help the turkey retain that moisture during the roasting process.
–Brining your turkey. While not necessary, it can be beneficial to soak your turkey in a brine for 2-24 hours.
–Resting your turkey. It’s no surprise that your guests will be itching to get their favorite part of your turkey, being patient and allowing those juices to re-distribute throughout the turkey after roasting is really important. Cut it too early, and they’ll leak out onto the pan.
If traditional stuffing isn’t your go-to, here are a few suggestions to help flavor your turkey from the inside out.
The options are truly endless. My suggestion would be to season the inside cavity of your turkey with salt and pepper at least, then find a combination of fruits and vegetables to provide flavor and moisture at the same time.
Popular options to add moisture to your turkey would include quartered onions, apples, lemons, and oranges. To add additional flavor you could add a bundle of fresh herbs and aromatics, garlic cloves, leeks, or even dried fruits.
Scared that your turkey is going to dry out? You’re not alone, I’m sure. Here are a couple of tips to help keep your bird from drying out.
–Use a meat thermometer: While it may look beautiful and golden on the outside, it may be overdone on the inside. The best way to keep track of the inside of your turkey is to use a meat thermometer.
–Baste your turkey: Don’t let those beautiful juices at the bottom of your pan go to waste while roasting. Pour them back over your turkey throughout the roasting process to keep the meat and skin moist.