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Thanksgiving is coming soon, and that means it’s time to start planning this year’s feast! While turkey is central to any Thanksgiving table, it can be tricky to find exciting ways to prepare it. Luckily, we’ve got you covered: From traditional roasted turkey to uniquely seasoned or stuffed variations, here are three delicious recipes to try this Thanksgiving.
Asian-inspired Five Spice Turkey
To add an Asian-inspired twist to your Thanksgiving dinner this year, try preparing this simple five-spice roasted turkey. To start, whisk together a marinade of ½ cup of soy sauce, ⅓ cup of peanut oil, three cloves of crushed garlic, one and a half tablespoons of Chinese five spice powder, two teaspoons of freshly grated ginger, ¼ cup of Chinese cooking wine, one and a half tablespoons of sesame oil, juice of one orange, and two tablespoons of brown sugar.
Pour this marinade over a 12-pound turkey and marinate it for several hours or overnight, turning occasionally to make sure everything gets soaked in the marinade. When you’ve finished marinating, preheat your oven to 350°F. Roast the turkey in a shallow pan with the marinade for an hour, breast side down, then flip it and continue roasting, basting occasionally, until the temperature has reached about 180°F. Let the turkey rest before serving.
Instant Pot Turkey
If you don’t have a ton of time to prepare this year’s turkey (or you just love your instant pot), try this quick instant pot turkey recipe. You’ll start by mixing together six tablespoons of room temperature unsalted butter, one and a half tablespoons of finely chopped rosemary, a tablespoon each of finely chopped thyme and cilantro, two teaspoons of crushed coriander seeds, and a teaspoon each of garlic puree and salt. This should form a paste.
Rub a third of the paste under your turkey’s skin, a third of it on top of the turkey, and reserve the final third for later. Next, pour a cup of chicken stock into your instant pot. Place your turkey on top of the trivet (the little rack that goes in your instant pot) skin side up. With the lid on and the valve set to the sealed position, set the instant pot to manual/high pressure for 35 minutes. Once the turkey has finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally, remove the turkey, and place it on a baking sheet. Rub the turkey with the remaining paste and broil it for eight to 10 minutes or until browned to your liking.
Orange-Ginger Glazed Turkey
To add a spicy kick to this year’s Thanksgiving, try this orange-ginger glazed turkey. Start by blending together ½ cup of olive oil, one and a half tablespoons of paprika, two teaspoons of garlic powder, and a teaspoon of sea salt in a small blender. Preheat your oven to 325°F, then place your turkey in a roasting pan and spread this mixture over it, allowing it to sit for 15 minutes while the oven heats up.
Roast the turkey for three hours, and make the orange-ginger glaze while it’s cooking. Add ¾ cup of orange juice, two tablespoons of coconut aminos, the zest of two oranges, two teaspoons of ground ginger, a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey, and half a teaspoon of sea salt to a small saucepan and heat over medium.
Bring this mixture to a full boil and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the glaze has shrunk down to half its original volume. Half an hour before the turkey has finished roasting, remove it from the oven, and brush the glaze over it. Continue roasting until finished. Finally, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes before serving.