3 Glazes for Basting
Take basting to another level with three glazes to add to your Thanksgiving arsenal. They’re all so tasty, how will you choose? Pick one or two for this year, and back-pocket the rest. We also recommend these basting ideas on a whole roasted chicken, too.
Easy Roasted Turkey
There are countless roasted turkey recipes on the web claiming to be the easiest, simplest, or tastiest method out there. More often than not, though, the techniques these time-saving recipes tout don’t pan out. In our test kitchen, we rely on this relatively easy recipe—that doesn’t require a ton of equipment or seasoning, but results in a well-cooked bird with crispy skin. (In other words, we don’t cut any corners that could negatively affect the meat.) For this turkey, cooks simply rub the body down with butter, season it with salt, and roast it atop some celery, carrots, and onions.
Turkey and Scallion Dumplings
These leftover turkey dumplings are reminiscent of your favorite take-out appetizer. The turkey gets finely chopped and tossed with flavorful ingredients, such as fresh ginger, tamari, and sesame oil. Have fun experimenting with different dumpling shapes: triangles, purse shapes, or half-moons all work with this recipe. You can even freeze any uncooked dumplings for another time—they'll come in handy on busy weeknights. Serve these with a simple tamari-based dipping sauce, or drop them into a miso broth for a satisfying meal. Try these with ground chicken or pork when all the turkey is gone.
Sweet Potato and Turkey Tagine
Leftover turkey meat was made for tagine. The turkey soaks up all the warm flavors of the ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cinnamon, and simmers in a thick, flavorful sauce that begs to be served over couscous or rice. The olives add a briny saltiness that gives depth to this delicious stew, and the apricots can’t be missed—they add texture and a subtle sweetness often found in tagine. Don't feel limited to making this dish with leftover turkey. If you're craving tagine for dinner, but only have a rotisserie chicken on hand, it will work just as wonderfully in this recipe.
1 Easy Trick to Make Your Chicken, Turkey and Pork Extra Juicy
This extra step is simple—and the payoffs are big.
Basic Roast Turkey
This time-tested roast turkey recipe requires only the most straightforward prep. But we devised a way to dress the turkey up once it’s ready to serve, by garnishing the bird with navel orange wedges and fresh flat-leaf parsley or celery leaves. This way, by the time it arrives at the table, your Thanksgiving guests will be sure you’ve put in extra work (when in reality, your turkey’s roasted in the oven mostly without intervention, thanks to a cup of water you’ll add to the roasting pan). Indeed, that simple kitchen hack frees you up from near-constant basting so you can focus on mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the works.