Why? Because besides being delicious, turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving table!
So, in an attempt to find the absolute best way to cook a turkey, I decided to test four popular recipes:
Here are their methods and how they stacked up:
First up was Alton Brown. He starts by making a brine out of salt, sugar, veggie stock, water, and spices — and lets his turkey soak in it.
Combine apples, onion, water, and cinnamon in a bowl and microwave it. Place the steamy mixture into the cavity of the turkey and brush the entire bird with canola oil.
So, is brining your bird the secret to a perfectly cooked turkey?
Next up was Ayesha Curry. She starts by making a compound butter with scallions, shallots, garlic, and a slew of spices.
Stuff the turkey cavity with spices, limes, and garlic — and pour broth and soy sauce into the bottom of your roasting pan.
So, did Ayesha's recipe finally give bland turkey the flavor it deserves?
Next up was the queen of classic recipes, Martha Stewart. She starts by rinsing her turkey and letting it sit at room temperature for two hours.*
Place your turkey on a roasting rack, season with salt and pepper, tie the legs together, and rub it with softened butter.
So, is a buttery cheesecloth the ultimate turkey hack?
And last but not least, came Guy Fieri with a trip to ~FLAVOR TOWN~. To begin this journey, he pops his turkey in a standard brine and lets it chill for eight hours.
In a pan, cook roasted peppers, garlic, cilantro, scallions, and garlic. Add lime juice and deglaze with tequila — then stuff this mixture underneath the skin of your turkey.
So, was it a good or bad trip to Flavor Town?
SO WHO WON?
TL;DR: If you want a solid turkey recipe that's juicy, perfectly browned, and flavorful, go with Alton Brown's traditional recipe. But if you're OK with something a little different (and super flavorful) go with Ayesha Curry's jerk turkey recipe that packs a serious punch.