Roasting the Thanksgiving turkey is a subject of much discussion and trepidation. Perhaps because most people are accustomed to poultry coming in convenient pieces, there is a bit of uncertainty about roasting a large, whole bird. Then there is the added pressure of entertaining; all eyes are on the cook at Thanksgiving.
Here are six recipes that can help you make an impressive turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner. Give them another thing to be thankful about.
Bresse-Style Poached & Roasted Turkey
This two-day turkey recipe ensures juicy meat, and is inspired by a recipe from Bresse, the poultry capital of France. In this technique, one of Ariane’s favorites for cooking poultry, the bird is first poached in a rich broth, then roasted the next day. This not only maintains the texture of the white meat, but affords you a pot of turkey broth. And after the roasting, the turkey comes out of the oven with a crackling brown skin.
Roast Turkey with Bourbon & Pecan Stuffing
This classic roast turkey recipe offers moist sausage-and-pecan-flecked stuffing. Caramel notes of bourbon play a part in the flavor fest, along with poultry stock (turkey if you can get it, chicken if not). The 4-side roasting ensures a bird that’s juicy through and through, and nicely finished on all sides.
Roast Turkey with Chestnuts