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Looking for a different way to cook turkey this Thanksgiving?

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October 09, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Not everyone is a fan of the traditional turkey, stuffed and roasted in the oven until the skin is golden brown. There are adventurer's among us who like to cook the seasonal bird in different, creative ways.

Many of us have heard of deep frying a turkey or cooking a turkey on the barbecue with an empty beer can in the stuffing cavity, but there are a few other tricks to be tried by freeflying, culinary daredevils.

Just be sure when trying something new to cook the meat to the correct temperature to avoid illness.

TURDUCKIN: There are many recipes that involve rolling turkey meat with other bird meats to create what looks a bit like a jelly roll. Only it's meat. For those looking for something different to put on the table this year, this might work since it can be presented as fancy or casual as the occasion calls for:

Chef Paul Prudhommes Turducken

Caygen Grocer's award winning Turkucken

Braised turkey with vegetables
Braised turkey with vegetables
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BRAISED: It's anything but traditional, and there are no limits to the crazy edible things a home chef can toss into the pan with turkey pieces to come up with a fresh, new flavour for the big feast. Braising also takes care of the problem of uneven cooking and the results are juicy and tender:

Bobby Flay's Herb Roasted and Braised Chicken

All Recipes Braised Turkey with Apples and Plums

Simple turkey meatloaf
Simple turkey meatloaf

MEATLOAF: Sure, meatloaf is an easy dish that is usually considered too casual for a Thanksgiving meal, but there are ways to make this concept special:

Foodland Ontario's Turkey Apple Meatloaf

Michael Smith's Simple Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey roll
Turkey roll
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TURKEY ROLL: It's a step up from the humble meatloaf and requires a little more skill, but again, many delicious foods can be rolled with breast meat, so each turkey roll is a unique, culinary experience: 

Pancetta-Wrapped Turkey Breast With Herby Lemon & Pine Nut Stuffing

Taste of Home Stuffed Turkey Roll

These relatively easy recipes are just a few amongst the millions of recipes and ideas out on the web and they can be taylored to suit individual tastes.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Shelley Jordan at sjordan@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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