Do you have a favorite turkey recipe? Seems like everyone has a secret to creating the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. Brining, high heat, low heat, deep-frying, basting, oven bags - all of them can produce a golden brown, tender bird. (If you've got a method that works, stick with it!) Turkeys are native to the forests of North America, so their inclusion in our national day of thanks makes sense - it's likely they were part of the first feast, though no one can say for sure. Like most poultry, turkey is comprised of white meat in the breasts and wings, which has a mild flavor, and the dark, slightly gamier meat in the thighs and legs. No matter which you're partial to, the flavor of turkey compliments lots of different foods. So whatever turkey recipe you choose, you can load up your plate with everything from oyster stuffing to green beans -- and it's all gravy.
Ground turkey can easily serve as a substitute for beef in this Salisbury steak recipe that uses dry red wine, beefy onion soup mix, and mushrooms.
Smearing the lemony butter under the skin may seem fussy, but that step ensures the sometimes-dry breast is moist and flavorful.
Ground turkey flavored with Cajun seasoning makes a great alternative to beef in this quick-and-easy sandwich recipe.
Main Dish- Swiss chard Swiss Chard and Turkey Sausage Over Polenta main dish- Chard sauteed with garlic and red pepper flakes, served over cheesy polenta and topped with just a bit of very thinly sliced turkey sausage
Shredded zucchini added to ground turkey helps keep these burgers moist. Serve the meat in buns with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a special sauce that's similar to Thousand Island dressing.
The well-loved combination of sausage and sweet peppers becomes a low-fat recipe when you make it with turkey sausage. Be sure to use reduced-fat milk in the polenta to keep the fat and calories in check.
Grilling the vegetables and sausage gives an outdoorsy smokiness to this main-dish salad.
Give leftover turkey a second chance by adding an assortment of your favorite fresh vegetables to eggs and smoked Gouda cheese for a quick and easy frittata recipe.