10 of our best Thanksgiving turkey recipes for breasts, legs and whole birds – The Washington Post

Extremely Slow-Roasted Turkey Breast, above. There are plenty of things to love about this recipe — its foolproof nature, thanks to a low (175 degrees) and slow (for 8 to 9 hours) cooking method; the amazing aromas in your house; the manageable size. Really, all you need is time, not only to cook but also to let the seasoned meat air dry in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours before roasting. If you would rather use your slow cooker for a turkey breast, try Turkey Breast and Gravy, from America’s Test Kitchen’s 2011 book “Slow Cooker Revolution.” Both recipes use bone-in turkey breasts.

Chile-Rubbed Roast Turkey. If you’re looking for an absolute showstopper of a turkey, something exciting and different, this bird from Toni Tipton-Martin’s book, “Jubilee,” is the one you need! It’s beautiful and juicy, with a spicy, powerful rub that proves turkey should never be boring.

Tamarind and Honey-Glazed Roast Turkey. Here’s another boldly flavored turkey that is anything but bland. Tart, mouth-puckering tamarind is a perfect foil for the sweet honey and mild meat.

Simply Seasoned Turkey. No brine. No fuss. Just rub and roast this bird and you’ll end up with a nicely browned turkey and pan juices that are flavorful enough to serve on their own.

Instant Pot Thanksgiving Turkey. This method significantly cuts back the cooking time for a whole bird and helps guarantee the meat is not dried out. The prep is even easier if you ask your butcher to break down the turkey into parts. Just budget some time for letting the salted pieces rest in the refrigerator.

Herb-Slathered Turkey. Don’t knock it until you try it — a layer of mayo mixed with chopped fresh herbs will produce one of the moistest, most flavorful birds you’ve ever had.

Roast Turkey With Garlic Cream. Plenty of people swear by roasting in an oven bag, which has the double advantage of speeding along cooking and softening the garlic. Plus, cleanup is easy. The creamy garlic spread can be saved for turkey sandwiches later.