Mix Up Your Thanksgiving Menu with These Unique Turkey Recipes

Sure, the classics are great — but spice is also nice!

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It’s not that I necessarily hate a classic Thanksgiving turkey, it’s just not the thing that usually catches my eye on the dinner table. If I’m being honest, I’ve always been more of a sides person. Or at least I was, until I began poking around for unique turkey recipes to mix up my Thanksgiving dinner table this year.

If you, too, find yourself struggling to get your guests excited for turkey, or if you just want to add an unexpected twist to your holiday menu, give these turkey recipes a try. Unique, delicious and one-of-a-kind, they’re sure to get everyone at your Thanksgiving table talking turkey!

Spathcocked Grilled Turkey (pictured above)

Free up valuable space in your oven on Thanksgiving Day with this delicious grilled turkey. Spatchcocking your bird is simpler than it seems (you can even have your butcher do it for you) and significantly cuts down your roasting time, so you can spend less time cooking and more time celebrating with all your loved ones. If the weather isn’t too cold, you can even throw a Thanksgiving picnic and enjoy your meal outside!

Add some Italian flair to your Thanksgiving feast with this flavorful turkey roulade. It’s filled with a smoky pancetta and herby garlic stuffing to quickly take average roast turkey to a juicy showstopper in just a few steps.

If people in your family love Buffalo-flavored snacks as much as we do, this is the only turkey recipe you’ll need this year (and maybe for a few years to come). You’ll use a fryer to give your turkey a crispy crunch on the outside and brush your bird with a mouthwatering mixture of Buffalo-style hot sauce, garlic and sugar to give it a sticky sweetness. Serve with blue cheese dip right before the big game to give your guests a Thanksgiving meal and game day treat all in one.

Thanks to this delicious recipe, you no longer need to go all the way to an amusement park to enjoy a giant turkey leg. Plus, you won't need to worry about running out of drumsticks during your Thanksigiving dinner, either.

If you're after a crispy roast turkey with a whole lot of heat, this is the recipe for you. The star of this dish is its flavorful rub which you'll make by combining cumin, paprika, brown sugar, coriander, chili powder and onion powder. Seriously, it's one hot bird!

Banish dried-out turkey and overdone stuffing for good with this super savory stuffed roll recipe. To make it, you'll weave thick slices of bacon together, blanketing it over your stuffing-stuffed turkey breast, so that it stays super juicy while roasting.

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