Spatchcock and deep-frying: 7 delicious ways to cook your turkey

If you're looking to experiment with a different method of cooking your Thanksgiving turkey, we've got you covered.

Whether you are frying it, roasting it, or stuffing it with other birds each recipe is unique and delicious. Check out these seven delicious ways to cook a turkey that are truly amazing!

1. Roast

Use this traditional method if you're a first-timer or want a guaranteed way of presenting the main dish. There are countless recipes for roasted turkey from traditional to exotic rubs. No stuffing or trussing allows the bird to cook more quickly. Here's a recipe for a classic roast or try this one if you're looking for a sweeter flavor.
2. Brine

If you've sworn off turkey because you're tired of too dry, too tough meat, brining may be the solution. Brining simply involves soaking the bird for a length of time in a salt-based mixture to ensure the turkey absorbs extra moisture, which in turn helps it stay more moist and juicy both during and after cooking. Since the turkey absorbs salt along with the water, it also gets nicely seasoned from the inside out. Here's a recipe for a classic brine and one with a kick of caffeine.

3. Grilled

If the weather outside is conducive, cooking a turkey on a covered charcoal grill is a great idea; it gives the turkey a delightful smoky flavor. Using an outdoor grill also frees up the kitchen for other dinner preparations, and it cuts down considerably on cleanup. Here's an easy recipe for a first-timer.

4. Deep-Fry

Deep frying a turkey is a very fast method of cooking that is gaining in popularity. The turkey comes out very moist and tasty with dark, crispy skin. However, proper precautions must be taken before taking on the task. Make sure you have a turkey fryer, thaw the turkey completely and fry it outside. Be sure to follow the instructions that come with your deep-fryer. Check out these tips on how to get the best - and safest- fry.

5. Spatchcock

Also referred to as "butterflied" turkey, this method involves cutting the turkey down the back, removing the backbone, and letting it lie flat. This allows for even cooking on all parts of the bird and the crispiest skin. You can then roast, grill or smoke the turkey to perfection. Here's an easy recipe if it's your first time trying this method.

6. Rotisserie

Rotisserie roasting may be the method just for you if you're looking for a golden brown, evenly-cooked dish. Also referred as "spit-roasting," this slow-cooking process delivers a crispy crust and no shortage of flavor. Here's how to get that golden perfection.

7. Turducken

The idea of a Turducken-a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey-can make for a dramatic centerpiece. Some attribute its popularity to Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme but, as a concept, animal-stuffed-animal roasts are common outside of the U.S. also, where 'three bird roasts' are often used with goose or other meats. The classic Prudhomme recipe uses Cajun spices and select Louisiana meats but a simpler version can also be found.
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