7 Alternative Ways to Cook a Turkey

Are you tired of the same old turkey on Thanksgiving dinner? There are multiple alternative & creative ways to cook your main course, and we thought we would share some of our favorites. Happy Thanksgiving!

1. Turkey in a Bag

Cooking your turkey in an oven bag helps keep in moisture. You can even use the extra juice in the bag to make gravy. Full Recipe

Total Time: 3 hrs, 20 min

Ingredients: Whole turkey, celery, onions, salt & pepper, flour.

2. Braised Turkey

This style of turkey is a little different than the traditional stuffing filled centerpiece. However braising your turkey can be a tasty change! Full Recipe

Total Time: 4 hrs, 55 min

Ingredients: Whole turkey, unsalted butter, fresh herbs, carrots, celery, onions, chicken stock. (Gravy) Butter, flour, cloves, white wine, fresh herbs.

3. Smoked Turkey

Add some delicious, smokey flavors to your turkey using wood chips and flavorful brine. Full Recipe

Total Time: 24 hrs to marinate, 3 hr cook time

Ingredients: Whole turkey, apple juice, brown sugar, salt, oranges, water, ginger, cloves, bay leaves, garlic, apple wood.

4. Grilled Turkey

Your turkey will come out tender and juicy by cooking it on the grill! Full Recipe

Total Time: 3 hrs, 45 min

Ingredients: Whole turkey, vegetable oil, Italian seasonings, salt & pepper.

5. Butterfly Roasted Turkey

This method of roasting the Turkey speeds up the cooking time and keeps the meat tender while also making the skin nice and crispy! Full Recipe

Total Time: 2 hrs

Ingredients: Whole turkey, carrots, celery, thyme, vegetable oil, onions, turkey/chicken broth, butter, flour, salt & pepper.

6. Deep Fried Turkey

Everything tastes better deep fried and turkey is no exception! This method of cooking is a little tricky, but if you are up for the challenge the result is tasty! Full Recipe

Total Time: 9 hr marinate, 45 min cook time

Ingredients: Whole turkey, water, salt, brown sugar, ice, peanut oil.

7. Stewed Turkey

If you are someone who doesn’t like the natural dryness of turkey, you will love this recipe. Completely nontraditional, this stew will be a family favorite. Full Recipe

Total Time: 2 hrs, 30 min

Ingredients: Turkey parts, salt, onions, fresh herbs, red wine vinegar, butter, sugar, peppercorns, cloves.