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.

See Popular Turkey Recipes

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

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.

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.

Home on the Range Burger

Midwest Living

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

Turkey-Biscuit Pot Pie

Betty Crocker

Instead of rolling out a crust, top a mouth-watering mixture of veggies and turkey with easy-to-make biscuits.

Total: 55 mins

Torta Rustica

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Served at room temperature, this delectable torta makes a beautiful presentation for a holiday or special meal. It looks complicated, but takes only 30 minutes to assemble, and you can make it ahead! Your guests will be delighted with the fabulous combination of cheese, egg, meat and vegetables all encased in flaky puff pastry.

Total: 2 hrs 25 mins

Warm Pasta Salad with Italian Turkey Sausage

Family Circle

Grilling the vegetables and sausage gives an outdoorsy smokiness to this main-dish salad.

Smoky Turkey and Veggie Frittata

Family Circle

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.

Smoked Turkey Quiche

Midwest Living
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