(Closed) Anyone making the turkey this year?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I am! We do a big dinner the night before, but the day of, I am making a small turkey for 7.

Last time I made it with lemon butter, and stuffed sliced lemons under the skin.  It was really tasty! Garlic and herby with a little lemon.  🙂

I will probably do the same thing this year, with the following sides:

Mashed potatoes and gravy

Carmelized shallot and bacon roasted brussel sprouts

Green beans




Our guests are bringing dessert!

Post # 5
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@ttn133: I found the recipe in a magazine, and it turned out really good.  I mixed butter, thyme, salt, lemon zest and a little lemon juice, plus 4 cloves of minced garlic. 

I smeared the butter all over the turkey and under the skin, plus slid sliced lemons under the skin.  It was tasty! Darling Husband thought the lemons under the skin looked pretty cool, haha!

Post # 7
9483 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Brown sugar glaze. <3

Post # 8
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Linz1231: That sounds delicious! I may try that recipe. I’m making a turkey for the first time this Thanksgiving. (Just for Darling Husband and myself this year) Garlic and lemon sound good!!!

Post # 9
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I used to always make Alton Brown’s turkey recipe (brined and slow-roasted).  It is soooooooo good.

Last year, though, we switched over to deep-fried turkey, and I don’t think we’ll ever go back!  We’ll inject the turkey with a garlic citrus marinade andf then deep-fry it for a couple hours.  Mmmmm, juicy, tender, and delicious!

Post # 10
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m doing the whole dinner for 9 for the second year in a row.  Next year we are going out to eat (I think I said that last year too).  I love to cook, so dinner is not a problem.  It’s the whole frantic deep cleaning of the house that sucks.  We are having:


Baked olives

Brie en croute



The brined turkey that the PP mentioned

Cornbread dressing

Cranberry sauce

Salad (Spring mix topped with strawberries, blueberries, green apples, goat cheese, and glazed walnuts with a raspberry vinagerette)

Cheesy corn pudding

Cauliflower gratin

Sour cream biscuits

Mac and cheese

Garlic bleu cheese mashed potatoes

Carrot souffle



Chocolate praline cake

Peanut butter tarts

Post # 11
5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I made my first turkey last year! But for Christmas, not Thanksgiving.

I brined the heck out of it & I also made a butter rub with smashed garlic, thyme, parsley, and rosemary and then spread it all underneath the skin. I also chop celery, carrots, and onion and lay the turkey on top so the it can soak up the veggie juices! Yum!   

Post # 12
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have made the turkey for many years. I use a rub on the outside and under te skin and then put garlic, lemon and other seasoning in the cavity, I refuse to stuff the turkey with stuffing- I think it is a recipe for disaster.  I put it in the oven in a roasting bag and cover with tin foil until the last 30 minutes or so. Then I take the tin foil off. I have never had a dry turkey!

I am thinking about frying a turkey this year, anyone with tips please add them!

Post # 13
2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I brown sugar glaze my turkey and stuff him full of apples. They apples aren’t eaten it just makes the broth super tasty for gravy. Yum! I usually use an oven bag but this year my turkey is to big LOL. Oh well! He is so big he almost doesn’t fit in my roaster. I will just have to baste, baste, baste.

Post # 14
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@penguinsaremyfriends:  The most important part of frying a turkey is making sure it’s completely thawed before cooking.  Frying a partially or mostly thawed turkey can cause big explosions of hot oil, and can cause fires or injure people who are standing nearby.

Last year, we did a simple rub of garlic, salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary, but this year we’re going to try injecting the turkey with a garlic citrus marinade my husband picked up at the store.  Last year’s turkey was really good, but I’m expecting this year’s to be outstanding!

Post # 16
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My daddy fries the turkey. I love fried turkey. My husband wasn’t a turkey eater but he loves fried turkey. He injects cajun seasonings into the turkey. 


@Mrs. Spring: I agree! I’ve heard so many horror stories about people frying turkeys without defrosting them.

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