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Beyond Roasting: Delicious New Ways to Cook the Thanksgiving Turkey

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If you want to do things a bit differently on Thanksgiving, there’s no need for wild ingredients or crazy side dishes. Just skip the roasting and try a new method for cooking the turkey: Deep frying, braising, and grill-smoking will all give deliciously different flavors to the standard holiday bird.

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    Braised Turkey Legs wth Crisp Pancetta and Parsley

    Turkey legs cook up deliciously tender when braised. Just before serving, the meat is garnished with crisped pancetta, which gives it the same satisfying crunch as crackly, roasted skin.

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    Grill-Roasted Turkey

    If grilling isn’t your first thought when it comes to the Thanksgiving centerpiece, it’s probably because you haven’t tried it. The indirect heat of a charcoal or gas grill gives the whole bird a burnished, crisp skin over moist and smoky, succulent meat; plus, you’ll free up the oven for all the side dishes everyone expects.

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    Turkey Roulades with Fontina and Sage

    This impressive main course has a few steps to it, but you can assemble the roulades ahead; they cook quickly and are a dream to carve. Plus, they pack an exciting flavor punch with their cheesy, herby, garlicky filling. Fennel pollen adds a lovely floral note, but if you don’t have it, ground fennel will do the trick.

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    Louisiana-Style Deep-Fried Turkey

    Chef David Guas makes this turkey for his family every Thanksgiving. “A great reason to deep-fry your turkey is that it takes only 35 to 40 minutes to achieve a tender, juicy, crackling taste,” he says.
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    Turkey Confit with Thick, Rich Gravy

    Chef Luke Verhulst has developed a unique way to cook turkey, combining a dry brine and a classic French confit technique. The result is the crispiest and most succulent turkey you’ll likely ever have.
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    Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Turkey

    This recipe calls for many ingredients and some planning, but the finished turkey’s rich, smoky flavor and juicy meat is more than worth it. First, the turkey is brined in a cider-spice brine to season it inside and out. Then, it gets rubbed with butter, honey, and a barbecue spice rub. Next, it's wrapped in bacon and smoked on the grill. As the bird finishes cooking, it gets spritzed with apple juice to beautifully burnish the skin and keep the meat moist and flavorful.

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    Turkey Roulade with Apple-Cider Gravy

    This golden brown turkey breast, excerpted from the cookbook The Food You Crave, has a moist pecan-and-cranberry-studded stuffing rolled inside. Relish in the “oohs” and “aahhs” as you reveal the beautiful spiral intertwining of tender turkey and savory stuffing. For more turkey recipes visit The Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner.

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