‘Tis the season to cook a Big Bird. Turkey brine is all the rage this year, for good reason – brining is a simple process that adds flavor and moisture and imparts tenderness to your bird with little effort. Yes, you can still stuff it – brining is done before roasting – after it sits and gets all juicy, drain it, pat it dry and stuff it as you otherwise would. The brine itself is inexpensive – generally made with water, salt and spices, it can incorporate any number of ingredients. I took a look at what Food Network chefs are doing with their Thanksgiving turkeys – with brine or without.
Ina Garten doesn’t appear to brine her bird; here, she shares her recipe for perfect roast Thanksgiving turkey. Who better to trust with the success of the big feast? Here’s a video, where Ina shares her secrets for a perfect Thanksgiving turkey. She also has a herb-roasted turkey breast recipe for those who don’t have a crowd to feed.
For a full-on turkey tutorial, check out Alton Brown’s Super-Tasty, No-Fuss, Time-Tested, Totally Foolproof Bird – his famous brined turkey made its debut on the “Romancing the Bird” episode of Good Eats in 1999 and is still the most popular Thanksgiving recipe on FoodNetwork.com, earning more comments than any other recipe on the site.
But, back to brining – here are some other brined turkey recipes to try, courtesy of your favorite Food Network chefs:
- Emeril Lagasse’s Brined, Herb-Roasted Turkey Recipe
- Sandra Lee’s Cider-Brined Turkey
- Bobby Flay’s Black Pepper-Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Turkey
- Alex Guarnaschelli’s Thanksgiving Turkey Brine
- Guy Fieri’s Ale Brined Roasted Turkey Sandwich
- Bobby Flay’s Brined Turkey Breast with Spanish Spice Rub and Sour Orange Sauce
- Paula Deen’s Deep-fried Turkey
- Bobby Flay’s Apple-Sage Glazed Grilled Whole Turkey with Grilled Apples
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