2 Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes with a Twist

Bored with making the same old turkey roast year after year on thanksgiving? Scroll through the Eco Eats app to get some exciting turkey recipes with a twist for thanksgiving this year.

Thanksgiving turkey is our favourite holiday centrepiece. And of course we all are looking forward to eating this quintessential holiday bird even this year. But aren’t we all bored with the same old traditional preparations and want to break the tradition to try something new. Well, if you are with us on this then here are 2 amazing alternative turkey recipes that will give you a much needed respite from the regular roasted turkey.

2 Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes with a Twist

  • Burgundy Braised Turkey Thighs

 

Burgundy Braised Turkey Thighs is a very rich and flavourful one pot dish that may be a perfect alternative you are looking for. Here is how to prepare this one pot wonder for your thanksgiving feast.

Ingredients

  • 3 ½  lbs. turkey thighs, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 3 cups red Burgundy wine (you can substitute with a Pinot Noir)
  • 1 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. In a shallow bowl, coat the turkey thighs in flour.
  2. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the thighs, 4 minutes per side, and set aside.
  3. To the same Dutch oven, add onion, celery and carrots. Cook over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in rosemary, thyme, sage, garlic, salt, pepper, bay leaves and apricots. Fold in any remaining flour.
  5. Remove half of the vegetable mixture from Dutch oven and set aside.
  6. Place the thighs on top of the vegetable mixture remaining in the Dutch oven. Spoon reserved vegetable mixture on top of thighs.
  7. Add wine, increase heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Once a boil is reached, remove the Dutch oven from the heat, tightly cover with aluminium foil and place the lid on top.
  8. Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and continue to bake for 90 minutes. Using a digital meat thermometer, verify the internal temperature of the turkey thighs reaches at least 165°F.
  9. To serve, place the turkey thighs on a serving platter. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Spoon vegetables over the turkey.
  • Turkey Mercedes

Turkey Mercedes is perfect for when you have a big dinner party at your home for thanksgiving. This fool proof recipe blends the Cuban flavours into the American spirit of celebration. Here is how to prepare this Turkey with a Cuban twist  for your thanksgiving feast.

   Ingredients

  • 3 heads garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ½ can of  frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 16 pound turkey

Directions

  1. Crush the peeled garlic cloves, and place into a large bowl. Season with pepper, cumin, oregano, and salt. Pour in lemon juice, wine, and orange juice concentrates; whisk together until well mixed.
  2. Using a sharp paring knife, pierce the turkey breast, thighs, and legs; creating holes for the marinade to penetrate. Pour the marinade over the turkey, and into the holes. Finally, stuff garlic pieces into the holes. Cover the turkey well, and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  4. Roast turkey in the preheated oven until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), about 5 hours. Baste the turkey every 30 to 45 minutes. Once the breast has browned, cover loosely with aluminium foil to prevent it from becoming burnt.



Don’t delay your festivities! Try these turkey recipes as soon as possible. And for food and health related suggestions stay tuned to Eco Eats.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bored with making the same old turkey roast year after year on thanksgiving? Scroll through the Eco Eats app to get some exciting turkey recipes with a twist for thanksgiving this year.



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