6 Non-Boring Ways to Cook the Turkey This Year

Sure, your dry brine is great and all, but have you tried stuffing a turkey with ALL of your side dishes?

Food Network Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey Roulade.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Feeling tired after Thanksgiving turkey? Don’t blame the tryptophan — after all, there’s plenty of other foods that are loaded with the amino acid (we’re looking at you, asparagus). Instead, think about how you’re cooking it. We love a good roast turkey as much the next person, but after years of the same traditional recipe, it’s time to switch it up. Check out these new ways to cook Thanksgiving turkey — we promise they won’t put you to sleep:

Hosting an intimate Thanksgiving dinner? Try this elegant, crowd-pleasing recipe. The all-in-one turkey roulade is filled with stuffing, green beans, cranberries, mushrooms and butternut squash — so no need to stress over sides!

We love to fry turkey — it locks the moisture in the bird and produces a succulent, crispy skin. Want to kick it up another notch? After frying, slather the turkey with a spicy, mouth-watering buffalo sauce. Instead of gravy, serve with a side of blue cheese dressing!

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Photo by: Yunhee Kim ©2011, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Yunhee Kim, 2011, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Put a Southern spin on Thanksgiving with a barbecued turkey. The bird is grilled for an hour to start, then coated with a homemade BBQ sauce. The turkey grills for an hour before basting, so use that time to work on the sides.

Who says waffles are just for fried chicken? Food Network Kitchen bastes their turkey with a salty-sweet maple glaze, then serves the dish with waffles, butter and maple syrup. Though you can use frozen waffles to save time, we suggest whipping up Ree’s five-star recipe in advance and freezing until Turkey Day.

Don’t be turned off by the funny name — spatchcock is a genius way to cook your turkey. It cooks faster and frees up oven space, plus it’s ridiculously easy to prepare. Win-win-win.

This show-stopping turkey is also a huge time-saver. After deep-frying (which takes half the time of roasting), baste the bird with a sweet-and-sour sauce. To finish, serve with a side of white rice and broccoli.

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