Turkey 3 Ways: New Recipes for a Holiday Favorite

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Turkey is a Thanksgiving staple, but if you’re still using Grandma’s traditional recipe, it may be time for an upgrade. Here are three new takes on the traditional holiday bird, sure to have your guests leaving rave reviews.

Tom Douglas’ Coffee Bean Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

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Featured on ABC’s cooking talk show The Chew, this recipe by celebrity chef Tom Douglas, helps combat after-dinner fatigue with a kick of caffeine!


1 fresh whole turkey (about 15 pounds)
6 tablespoon butter (at room temperature)
6 tablespoon butter (melted)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
12 sage leaves
1/2 cup dark-roasted coffee beans
1 tablespoon rendered bacon fat (melted)
1 onion (cut in half lengthwise and julienned)
5 garlic cloves (peeled but left whole)
7 to 8 cup chicken or turkey broth (heated)
1/2 Cup instant quick-dissolving flour such as Wondra

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Roast Turkey With Fresh Thyme Rub & Maple Glaze

Thanksgiving Turkey


The folks at Betty Crocker know cooking! This new twist on an old classic featuring thyme and maple has earned great reviews on their website.


1 whole turkey (12 lb), thawed if frozen
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons real maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
Fresh thyme sprigs, apricot slices, and Rainier cherries, if desired

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Orange-Tea-Bourbon Brined Turkey With Honey Mustard Butter

Thanksgiving Turkey

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This flavorful favorite from has garnered all 5-star reviews. With notes of citrus and herb, this recipe is perfect for the holiday season.


1 fresh or frozen turkey (1 to 1 1/2 pounds per person)
Zest (in wide strips) and juice of 5 oranges
Kosher salt
1 cup sugar
12 black tea bags
4 bay leaves
6 cloves
12 peppercorns
1 cup bourbon
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

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