Turkey Recipes

Turkey Recipes
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Turkey, like chicken, is a neutral canvas in culinary terms, though with turkey there is a more discernible difference between the bird’s white and dark meat. Having said that, when it comes to food and wine pairings, there is no main dish more easily influenced than turkey. The generally mild flavors of the meat are influenced both by style of cooking and the seasoning used.

Consider the classic roasted turkey dinner. Usually, the stuffing you serve alongside your bird will be more intensely flavored than the bird itself. Because of this, wine recommendations for turkey run the gamut from Chardonnay, which is a classic pairing, to light reds that can be aggressive for turkey on its own but make for the best match when paired with something like a sausage stuffing. Try to match the intensity of flavor of your wine with the turkey, but take into account the entire range of flavors you’ll be serving alongside your bird.

Fried Turkey Recipes

Fried Turkey Pairing Guide 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 gre... Read More about Fried Turkey pairings »

Roasted Turkey Recipes

Roasted Turkey Pairing Guide Roasted turkey is so easy to pair with wine, you can pretty much close your eyes, choose a white wine and know that it will work well. Low in fat and mild in flavor, turkey does not pose many issues, so think about any flavorings you might be using during the cooking process. If you’re adding lemon or citrus to the bird, stick with a wine that can handle the juice. A dry or off-dry Riesling or zesty Sauvignon Blanc would work well and would ... Read More about Roasted Turkey pairings »

Baked Turkey Recipes

Baked Turkey Pairing Guide   Roasted turkey and baked turkey tend to be viewed as similar dishes, but as with chicken, there are often significant differences. A roasted turkey typically refers to a whole bird or breast, simply seasoned and served with additional side dishes. A baked turkey dish often refers to turkey parts that are baked with seasonings and vegetables to flavor the turkey and serve as part of the side dishes.  This might seem to be a minor diff... Read More about Baked Turkey pairings »

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All Turkey Recipes

  • 30-Minute Turkey Chili
    30-Minute Turkey Chili

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, and oregano and cook, stirring, u...

  • Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers
    Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

    1. In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, egg whites, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into 12 patties. 2. Cook ...

  • All-American Chili
    All-American Chili

    Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, onion, and the next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeño)...

  • Almond and Turkey Cheeseball
    Almond and Turkey Cheeseball

    Combine all ingredients. Create a ball with the mixture. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. Serve with assorted crackers.

  • Anytime Turkey Gravy
    Anytime Turkey Gravy

    1. Cook turkey pieces in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Add onion and celery, ...

  • Apple-Cheddar Turkey Burgers
    Apple-Cheddar Turkey Burgers

    1 In a bowl, combine turkey, scallions, parsley, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Form into four patties, pressing your thumb in the middle of e...

  • Apple-Grilled Turkey with Cider Gravy
    Apple-Grilled Turkey with Cider Gravy

    Soak wood chips in water 30 minutes. Drain well. Remove and discard giblets and neck from turkey. Trim excess fat. Combine onion, apple, sage, 1/2 ...

  • Apricot-Nut Turkey-Salad Sandwiches
    Apricot-Nut Turkey-Salad Sandwiches

    Combine first 10 ingredients in a bowl. Place a lettuce leaf on each of 4 bread slices. Spread 1/2 cup turkey salad over lettuce; top with remainin...

  • Asian Lettuce Cups
    Asian Lettuce Cups

    1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Place...

  • Asian Turkey Cabbage Cups
    Asian Turkey Cabbage Cups

    1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and turkey to pan; cook 7 minutes or until turkey is done, stirring frequently. Drain...

  • Asian Turkey Noodle Soup with Bok Choy
    Asian Turkey Noodle Soup with Bok Choy

    Put the noodles in a large bowl and cover with hot tap water; let soak while you prepare the other ingredients. In a 3-quart saucepan, bring the b...

  • Asian Turkey-Noodle Soup with Ginger and Chiles
    Asian Turkey-Noodle Soup with Ginger and Chiles

    Place noodles in large bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover noodles. Let stand until noodles are soft, about 5 minutes; drain. Combine stock, sh...

  • Asian Turkey-Noodle Soup with Ginger and Chiles
    Asian Turkey-Noodle Soup with Ginger and Chiles

    1. Place noodles in large bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover noodles. Let stand until noodles are soft, about 5 minutes; drain. 2. Combine st...

  • Asian Turkey Salad
    Asian Turkey Salad

    To prepare the salad dressing, place the first 11 ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth. To prepare the salad, combine the cabbage and...

  • Bacon Bow Tie Pasta
    Bacon Bow Tie Pasta

    1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Keep warm. 2. Cook bacon according to package directions; drain well, and crumble. 3. Beat cr...

  • Bacon Jack and Jalapeno Quesadillas
    Bacon Jack and Jalapeno Quesadillas

    1. Click here to see how it's made.

  • Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Turkey
    Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Turkey

    Combine all of the brine ingredients and 8 cups of water in an 8-quart pot; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the ...

  • Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Burgers
    Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Burgers

    Coat a stove-top griddle or large skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, combine the turkey and poultry season...

  • Barbecued Cabbage with Santa Fe Seasonings
    Barbecued Cabbage with Santa Fe Seasonings

    Soak wood chips in water 1 hour.To prepare grill for indirect grilling, place a disposable aluminum foil pan in center of grill. Arrange charcoal a...

  • Barbecued Glazed Turkey
    Barbecued Glazed Turkey

    1. Remove and discard leg truss from turkey. Pull off and discard lumps of fat. Remove giblets and neck. Rinse bird inside and out and pat dry. 2. ...


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