And making the same old turkey over and over again can get a bit tired, right?
Why not try one of these unusual and unique turkey recipes (that are also crazy awesome!) to shake up the menu.
But first, have you ever thought about WHY we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? We did too and this is what we found out.
Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving?
Gobble, gobble, gobble! Roast turkey is probably the most popular holiday meal for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Turkeys are native to North America and they were widely available to early settlers.
Turkeys are large enough to feed multiple people and aside from their meat, they don’t have much other use! For instance, other farm animals provide other edibles or uses like eggs from chickens, milk from cows, wool from sheep. Turkeys are just turkeys, so it may have made sense to use them for this reason.
Some historians think that it might have something to do with the popularity of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. When the book was published in the 1840s, it introduced the idea of a turkey being something extra special. It’s what the Cratchit family wants to share most in the world, and shortly after this turkeys started gaining popularity.
The actual celebration of Thanksgiving dates back officially to 1777 when an act of the Continental Congress declared it a real holiday. Then again in 1863 during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, Thanksgiving was declared a nationwide holiday again. Lincoln had started the tradition with an unofficial Thanksgiving dinner that featured roast turkey, his favorite meal.
So we’ve basically had roast turkey dinner for almost 250 years.
The same old plain roast turkey your mom made, and her mother made, and her grandmother made. Ugh.
I mean those are probably good turkey recipes, but some new turkey recipes might be just what you need this year.
If you’re tired of the same old, same old turkey dinner recipes – why not surprise your family and guests with a unique twist on your turkey dinner this year?
We’ve round up some mouth watering and maybe sometimes weird thanksgiving turkey ideas to try.
Best turkey recipe in the world
Roast turkey is both traditional and delicious, but there are so many unusual and unique holiday turkey recipes to shake up the menu.
You never know, after taking a look at our favorite different turkey recipes, you just might find a new family favorite of your own!
Maybe find the best turkey recipe in the world? (Pst if you do, be sure to let us know and we want to know about the funky turkey recipes too!)
Our favorite Deliciously Unique Turkey Recipes
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, food! While traditional turkey recipes are always a hit, why not mix things up this year with a unique twist on the classic bird?
Deep frying a turkey can be a delicious way to cook the bird, but it also comes with some risks. If you're not careful, you could easily end up with a fire or even an explosion. Here are a few tips to help you deep fry your turkey without burning down your garage :)
Calling all bacon lovers, check out thisMaple-Roasted Turkey with Sage, Smoked Bacon, and Cornbread Stuffing from Tyler Florence. I’m thinking this will go perfectly with mashed potatoes and melted butter.
If you’ve ever wondered if you can grill a turkey for Thanksgiving, the answer is yes! I love to bbq a turkey because it frees up oven space when I have so many other dishes to make when I’m hosting a holiday dinner. I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to cook a whole turkey that’ll be ready in just a few hours. The result is golden, juicy turkey with crispy skin, you’re going to love it!
For another southwestern spin on your Thanksgiving turkey recipe, skip the cranberry sauce and try this Mole roasted turkey with masa stuffing and chile gravy. This is one of the more creative turkey recipes I’ve seen.
A juicy fresh smoked turkey has got to be one of the most delicious things on Earth. And, it’s not that hard to make! Our friends at Simply Meat Smoking will give you everything you need to know about smoking a turkey in a wood pellet grill like the Pit Boss.
Smoked Turkey blanketed in a fresh herb and garlic butter rub and smoked is a wonderful choice for the holidays or any occasion where your oven might be space-challenged. If you have never smoked a whole turkey before, you will be surprised at just how easy it is!
If you want the most perfectly moist, flavorful, and juicy Thanksgiving Turkey, my recipe for dry-brining is what you’re looking for. All you need to do is rub the turkey down with salt, seasonings and fresh herbs.
Impress your guests with this gourmet Bobby Flay turkey recipe for Black Pepper-Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Turkey. The key to this recipe is during the last 15 minutes of roasting, you will need to stop basting with chicken stock and instead brush on a pomegranate glaze. Yum!
If you’re looking for fun turkey recipes and are a fruit lover, you’ll love this roast turkey dinner with fruit and nut stuffing from Martha Stewart. It includes prunes, apricots, raisins, currants, apples, cranberries, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and cashews – wow.
A simple slathering of herb butter is all your Thanksgiving Turkey needs to be beautiful and scrumptious for your dinner guests! Thyme, sage, parsley and orange zest are a perfect complement to the subtle flavor of turkey, and with no brining, this turkey comes together so fast!
Doesn’t the idea of cooking a turkey on top of an open can of beer sound like something your dad would do? Well, it’s not! This is one crazy way to cook up some Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll be surprised how amazing that meat will taste when making beer can turkey.
If you want a low maintenance way of cooking your turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, this is it. Slow Cooker Turkey Crown is the perfect recipe for flavourful, juicy and succulent meat without the need for basting. Oh, and you also get the best stock for gravy!
This adobo butter turkey is PACKED full of flavor and is the perfect turkey for your Thanksgiving day celebration. First, the turkey is marinated in adobo overnight and then rubbed down with flavor-packed adobo butter. Then it’s roasted to perfection for a super juicy flavorful Thanksgiving turkey.
Dry Brined-Fried Turkey without Oil is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. This is a recipe for an easier, faster, and healthier way to deep fry a turkey in an oil-less turkey fryer. Dry brining adds flavor and moistness throughout and cajun seasoning spices things up ever so slightly for a Thanksgiving turkey you will never forget!
Spatchcock Turkey is a faster way to a tender, juicy turkey with super crispy skin. All you need are some simple pantry staples for seasoning and you'll have a delicious, flavorful, show-stopping turkey in half the time it takes to normally bake a whole turkey.
Now it’s your turn to share – What is the best holiday turkey you’ve ever cooked or eaten?
Which are your favorite unique turkey recipes? Have you tried any of the above? How did it turn out?
How to Deep Fry a Turkey Without Burning Down Your Garage
Is this the year you’re finally going to try deep frying a turkey? Afraid you might burn something down…like your garage? That is definitely a legitimate concern!