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.

Turkey Salisbury Steaks with White Bean Mash

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Total: 35 mins

Stacked Turkey Burger

Family Circle

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.

Sausage & Peppers

Family Circle

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.

Hot Sub Sandwich

Midwest Living

Home on the Range Burger

Midwest Living

Cajun Turkey Quarter-Pounder

Family Circle

Ground turkey flavored with Cajun seasoning makes a great alternative to beef in this quick-and-easy sandwich recipe.

Rachel Sandwiches

Midwest Living

Swiss Chard and Turkey Sausage over Polenta

Diabetic Living

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

Total: 30 mins

Grilled Turkey Breast with Spiced Almond Butter

Midwest Living

Smearing the lemony butter under the skin may seem fussy, but that step ensures the sometimes-dry breast is moist and flavorful.

Turkey Cranberry Enchiladas

Midwest Living

Thanksgiving dinner leftovers take on a Mexican spin when shredded turkey and cranberry sauce is tucked into whole wheat tortillas.

White Meat, No Heat Chili

Midwest Living

Turkey Cheeseburgers

Family Circle

This new spin on the popular sandwich uses ground turkey combined with zucchini, cheese, onion powder, and basil. Substitute a sandwich thin for the bun in this kid-favorite recipe.

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