The Very Best Recipes for Cooking Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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Read on for the best ways to cook your Thanksgiving turkey this year.

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​CONFIT TURKEY LEGS
Contributed by Yuhi Fujinaga, Executive Chef, The Sea Grill

Yield: 6 portions

Ingredients:
4 turkey legs- season with salt and pepper if the turkey is not brined; butterfly and open up the turkey legs (leaving bone in)
1 gallon of duck fat, melted (can replace with olive oil if preferred) 1 bunch thyme
1 head garlic, smashed

Directions:

  1. In a non-reactive stainless steel pot, melt the duck fat to liquid until it reaches 165 degrees.
  2. Submerge turkey legs in pot, skin side down.
  3. Add garlic and thyme, then place pot in oven at 250 degrees.
  4. Let the turkey cook slowly for about 3 hours. Check the doneness using a cake tester to feel for tension.
  5. Once there is no tension and the meat is falling off the bone, the turkey is done Remove the turkey from the pot, head up the duck fat over the stove top to 325 degrees, then place the legs back in.
  6. The skin will crisp up to a dark brown color, almost like a fried turkey Remove from the fat and serve.

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SOUS VIDE BUTTERMILK POACHED TURKEY
Contributed by Yuhi Fujinaga, Executive Chef, The Sea Grill

Yield: 6 portions

Ingredients:
1 turkey breast (4lb average)- boneless, skin on, season with salt and pepper in advance if the turkey has not been brined
2 ounces buttermilk 1 bunch tarragon
2 TBSP canola oil

Directions:

  1. Place turkey breast in a vacuum seal pouch with buttermilk and tarragon.
  2. Seal the pouch and place into a pot of water that is 155 degrees Fahrenheit Cook in the water bath for about 2.5 hours. Check for the firmness of the meat, as well as the color of the liquid in the bag. If the meat is firm and the liquid color has turned a darker brown, it is ready.
  3. Remove the turkey from the pouch, discard the liquid and tarragon.
  4. In a non-reactive skillet over medium high heat, add the canola oil.
  5. When oil is hot, place the turkey skin side down in the pan and sear until it has a golden color.
  6. Slice and serve.

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There's a lot of pressure on the Thanksgiving turkey. It's the star of the holiday show but rarely outshines the supporting cast. With that in mind, we went straight to the experts to find every way to cook your turkey this holiday so you will be both praised and adored by your dinner guests.

You can smoke, fry, confit, braise, sous vide and even toss your turkey in the dishwasher this Thanksgiving. And if you're going to stick with the tried and true roasting make sure you break down the bird first or just have your butcher do it.

Check out the slideshow above for two of the very best recipes for cooking your Thanksgiving turkey this year.

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