My Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s ok, I love traditions but bake one of them 3-5 hours is not easy.  Thanksgiving is a day of family gatherings and Turkey Day too.  So, these are my main dishes.


In 2005, it was a  free and frozen “young turkey breast” from Pathmark. It was my first Thanksgiving turkey and I was very proud of it.

In 2006, it was a turkey with bread stuffing, which (stuffing, not turkey) we didn’t like at all. It was too mushy.  Since then I have not stuffed my turkey.  Several times I tried stuffing with chestnuts, sausage, cranberries, apples, spinach, mushrooms, with corn bread, challah and white bread. And in the end I liked the stuffing that was baked separately from the turkey but my family did not.

In 2007, I cooked bird in traditional style – rosemary,  sage, black pepper and butter.

In 2008, it was a juicy turkey with cider glaze. And I finally decorated it. In the photo it looks burnt, but it is not.

2009Turkey with herbes de Provence and citrus, recipe from Giada De Laurentiis

2010Brined Roast Turkey with Sage Butter Rub, recipe by Jennifer Armentrout from Fine Cooking magazine

2011Honey-Dijon Brined and Roasted Turkey, recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

2012 – after Hurricane Sandy my in-lows were not able to come for a holiday, so it was Thanksgiving-for-three and cats with something not too big: Dried Cherry and Bread Stuffed Turkey Breast Roll with Cider Glaze fits great.

2013 – still without guests, but with TurDuCken Roll with cranberries and spinach.

2014 – Turkey Breast Roll with spinach stuffing.

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