Three Ways to Prepare Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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November is a month for thanks. Taking time to be thankful for the wonderful blessings in our lives. This is a time to be thankful, a tradition passed on by our ancestors when they held the first Thanksgiving. Today, we keep the spirit of thankfulness alive by spending time with loved ones and fixing a generous Thanksgiving spread of turkey, potatoes, rolls and vegetables. While Thanksgiving is a tradition, you can still step out of the box and create an amazing, delicious turkey that will keep your guests talking for months.

Three Ways to Prepare Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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Citrus-Herb Infused Turkey
Allow your guests to feast upon a gourmet version of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey by adding hints of citrus and your favorite herbs. Take your thawed turkey and gently loosen the skin from the meat. This will allow you to stuff your bird with your favorite herbs and infuse that savory flavor. Create a rub using either butter or olive oil and add salt and pepper along with your other favorite herbs, we love fresh minced garlic, rosemary sprigs, tarragon and basil. Generously add the rub between the skin and meat of your bird as well as all over the top of the skin. Then add orange slices. Inside the bird’s cavity add more herbs (garlic, rosemary sprigs, tarragon and basil) and then use a large orange, pierced to close up he cavity. This will act as a way to steam infuse the bird with the delectable flavor combination while you cook your bird as directed.

Turducken
For the ultimate meat lover, the turducken is dreams come true. Combining the traditional turkey, the turducken is stuffed with a chicken, which is in turned stuffed with a duck. The combination of flavors of these three meats keeps plenty of people coming back for more. If this is your first Thanksgiving and something you want to serve make sure you review the proper cooking time to ensure each bird reaches the proper internal temperature of xx degrees, or better yet, simply order the turducken from a professional!

Deep Fried Turkey
A favorite among the Southern states, a fried turkey leaves a scrumptious, moist and tender meat inside of a crisp shell of skin. Know your guests, as health nuts may turn their nose at the idea of a fried turkey, but once they taste the juicy meat, they are sure to jump on the fried turkey bandwagon! The best part of preparing a fried turkey for Thanksgiving is the lack of preparation needed! Frying a thawed turkey is one-third of the time of roasting a turkey in the oven.

No matter how you decide to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey, the most important step is one you have already completed, the planning. Preparing a Thanksgiving feast takes a lot of time and can be frustrating if you do not do your homework on the front end, so the more you know what you are planning to make the better. There is nothing worse than realizing that you do not have all of the ingredients needed to complete your meal for your guests. So, congratulations, enjoy making a delicious meal for your loved ones - happy Thanksgiving!

November is a month for thanks. Taking time to be thankful for the wonderful blessings in our lives. This is a time to be thankful, a tradition passed on by our ancestors when they held the first Thanksgiving. Today, we keep the spirit of thankfulness alive by spending time with loved ones and fixing a generous Thanksgiving spread of turkey, potatoes, rolls and vegetables. While Thanksgiving is a tradition, you can still step out of the box and create an amazing, delicious turkey that will keep your guests talking for months.

Citrus-Herb Infused Turkey
Allow your guests to feast upon a gourmet version of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey by adding hints of citrus and your favorite herbs. Take your thawed turkey and gently loosen the skin from the meat. This will allow you to stuff your bird with your favorite herbs and infuse that savory flavor. Create a rub using either butter or olive oil and add salt and pepper along with your other favorite herbs, we love fresh minced garlic, rosemary sprigs, tarragon and basil. Generously add the rub between the skin and meat of your bird as well as all over the top of the skin. Then add orange slices. Inside the bird’s cavity add more herbs (garlic, rosemary sprigs, tarragon and basil) and then use a large orange, pierced to close up he cavity. This will act as a way to steam infuse the bird with the delectable flavor combination while you cook your bird as directed.

Turducken
For the ultimate meat lover, the turducken is dreams come true. Combining the traditional turkey, the turducken is stuffed with a chicken, which is in turned stuffed with a duck. The combination of flavors of these three meats keeps plenty of people coming back for more. If this is your first Thanksgiving and something you want to serve make sure you review the proper cooking time to ensure each bird reaches the proper internal temperature of xx degrees, or better yet, simply order the turducken from a professional!

Deep Fried Turkey
A favorite among the Southern states, a fried turkey leaves a scrumptious, moist and tender meat inside of a crisp shell of skin. Know your guests, as health nuts may turn their nose at the idea of a fried turkey, but once they taste the juicy meat, they are sure to jump on the fried turkey bandwagon! The best part of preparing a fried turkey for Thanksgiving is the lack of preparation needed! Frying a thawed turkey is one-third of the time of roasting a turkey in the oven.

No matter how you decide to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey, the most important step is one you have already completed, the planning. Preparing a Thanksgiving feast takes a lot of time and can be frustrating if you do not do your homework on the front end, so the more you know what you are planning to make the better. There is nothing worse than realizing that you do not have all of the ingredients needed to complete your meal for your guests. So, congratulations, enjoy making a delicious meal for your loved ones - happy Thanksgiving!

Susan Wright
About the Author:

Apart from being a licensed veterinarian, Susan Wright is also a freelance writer. Susan enjoys sharing gift giving ideas for friends, family and pets.

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