Fried Turkey Recipes

Fried Turkey Recipes
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Deep fried turkey has become quite popular over the years, despite the risk of fire that goes along with it. Before I discuss pairing wines with a deep fried turkey, I must give warn that deep frying a turkey can be extremely dangerous and should only be attempted in a safe area. Do not try it on your porch or asphalt driveway.

Unlike typical fried chicken, the turkey is not battered or breaded before being deep fried, so it is not as greasy as one might expect. One of the great advantages of a deep fried turkey is that it is juicier than a typical roasted bird. That juiciness comes from some added fat, so when pairing with a deep fried turkey you will be better served by a wine that is both richer and higher in acidity than one used for a roast turkey. Chardonnay remains a good option, though a cool climate version would work better than a richer, buttery style. Other great options to consider include Chenin Blanc, particularly from Vouvray, and Rhone-styled Roussanne/Marsanne blends, which can have a lovely nutty quality that is similar to the flavors of fried turkey skin. This nice flavor bridge helps the pairing work.

 

Alternately, deep fried turkey can also be paired with lighter, fresh red wines. Pinot Noir is an easy option.

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    Braised Broccoli with Turkey Sausage

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  • Campanile's Spaghetti and Meatballs in Red Sauce
    Campanile's Spaghetti and Meatballs in Red Sauce

    1. Make sauce: In a 5- to 6-qt. pan, cook oil and garlic over medium-low heat until garlic softens, 5 to 6 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper....

  • Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole
    Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole

    Preheat oven to 400°F. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until softened, 5 minutes. Add turkey, Worcestershire an...

  • Couscous Salad with Turkey and Arugula
    Couscous Salad with Turkey and Arugula

    1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to a boil. Stir in the couscous and raisins. Cover, remove from the heat, and...

  • Debbie's Dumplings
    Debbie's Dumplings

    1. In a bowl, mix turkey, egg, mushrooms, cabbage, water chestnuts, green onions, cornstarch, ginger, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, oyster sauce, wine, ...

  • Deep-Fried Turkey with Garlic Lemon Marinade
    Deep-Fried Turkey with Garlic Lemon Marinade

    Add all of the marinade ingredients to a small saucepan. Stir the ingredients over medium heat and cook until all the ingredients have dissolved ...

  • Egg Noodles with Turkey, Bacon, and Rosemary
    Egg Noodles with Turkey, Bacon, and Rosemary

    1. In a large frying pan, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and just crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towe...

  • Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs
    Escarole Soup with Turkey Meatballs

    1. In a medium bowl, mix together the turkey, eggs, garlic, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and the black pepper ...

  • Fettuccine with Turkey and Brandied Mushrooms
    Fettuccine with Turkey and Brandied Mushrooms

    1. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the turkey cutlets with 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper....

  • Fried Turkey with Southern Rub
    Fried Turkey with Southern Rub

    For the rub: Combine the rub ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside. For the turkey: Remove the bag of giblets and the neck from i...

  • Green Bean and Bacon Potato Salad
    Green Bean and Bacon Potato Salad

    Cut turkey bacon into bite size pieces and fry in a large skillet until crisp. Remove turkey bacon from skillet and place on paper towel to remove ...

  • Green Bean Casserole
    Green Bean Casserole

    Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in half of French fried onion rings. Spoon casserole mixture into a lightly greased 2- or 3-quart...

  • Hot Turkey Curry Salad
    Hot Turkey Curry Salad

    1. In a 12-inch frying pan or 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir oil, onion, ginger, and garlic until onion is limp, about 8 minutes. Ad...

  • Hot Turkey Sandwiches
    Hot Turkey Sandwiches

    1. In a 2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring 3 cups water to a boil. 2. Meanwhile, peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch chunks. Add to boiling wate...

  • Italian Meatballs
    Italian Meatballs

    Place torn bread in a small bowl and cover with milk. (Push bread down so it all gets moistened.) Let soak until most of the milk is absorbed and b...

  • Monte Cristo Sandwiches
    Monte Cristo Sandwiches

    In a wide, shallow bowl, beat eggs and milk to combine. Lay a slice of bread on a work surface and top with 1 slice turkey, 1 slice cheese, 1 slice...

  • Penne with Turkey, Arugula, and Sun-Dried-Tomato Vinaigrette
    Penne with Turkey, Arugula, and Sun-Dried-Tomato Vinaigrette

    1. In a blender, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Blend until a paste for...

  • Puebla-Style Fiesta Turkey in Mole Sauce
    Puebla-Style Fiesta Turkey in Mole Sauce

    Combine all ingredients in large pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until turkey is just cooked through, skimming foam, about 35 mi...

  • Smoky Turkey and White Bean Chili
    Smoky Turkey and White Bean Chili

    Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a heavy-duty 6-quart pot over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Season the turkey with 1-1/2 tsp. salt and 3/4 tsp. ...

  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Spaghetti and Meatballs

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