Thanksgiving Recipes: How to Cook a Turkey and Where to Find Studio City Deals

If you need a new recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey, give one of these non-traditional twists a try.

There are many ways to cook everyone’s favorite holiday bird. Each family has its own special technique for cooking a turkey, whether it's using an old family recipe, adding a secret ingredient or shopping at a certain store in town that helps make the turkey taste all the better.

If you don't want to go the tedious way, not only are there great restaurants to go to, but:

* If you bowl three strikes in a row (called a turkey) at PINZ, you can win one!

* Vons has a two-hour turkey available, click here.

* Jerry's Famous Deli has a turkey meal available when ordered in advance.

* Tula's at the Beverly Garland Hotel is offering turkey dinner specials.

If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, you can try any of the recipes below to add a new kick to your feast. If you're attending someone else’s dinner, hopefully their turkey will taste as good as one of these!

Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water. An Allrecipes.com user contributes this Greek take on turkey, which combines ground beef and pork with tangerine juice, rice and other ingredients for an in-bird stuffing. This one requires no pre-made brine.

Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for a Cajun-spiced turkey is not for those looking for a simple roast bird this Thanksgiving. It calls for the equipment and safety precautions necessary to deep-fry a good-sized bird, but for those looking for a little extra flavor and adventure this year, this may be the perfect alternative to the oven. The results will undoubtedly be delicious, but be sure to heed the safety tips at the bottom of the recipe before attempting. If you want the Cajun flavors without the hassle, risk and calories of deep-frying, try this recipe from Jimmy Bannos.

This recipe calls for the use of a turkey breast roast, but variations can be worked out fairly easily for a smaller whole bird or even diced meat for a stir-fry or bake. I’ve made chicken dishes with a very similar yogurt marinade to this one and the key is letting the meat soak up the sauce overnight. The flavors are intense and aromatic, and will definitely lend themselves to a unique Thanksgiving meal.

This recipe’s name—and its use of whiskey—intrigued me. A flavorful blend of unconventional ingredients make this dish sound delicious and feasible, and it requires fairly simple preparation. Check out the chef’s note to see how you can use a crock pot for a quicker, easier version of this recipe. Some of the user comments also have great ideas for stuffings that use the same components.

If you're in the mood for something more traditional this year, try this recipe:

The Food Network’s Alton Brown brings us this fairly simple (for a whole turkey) and by-the-book recipe, which uses a brine peppered with allspice berries and candied ginger. It takes about 10 hours of total cooking time, not including defrosting.

TELL US: What is your favorite way to cook a turkey on Thanksgiving? Do you use any special ingredients? Write your comments in the comment section below. 


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Irene DeBlasio November 15, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Mike, Because Los Angeles City Council wants us to have "Meatless Mondays", do you think it's still okay with them to have turkey and a traditional Thanksgiving? Also, if any citizen decides to disobey the 'meatless Monday' rule, will they send police to our homes to enforce the new law? Will we be arrested and/or penalized? And, is it still okay to BUY meat on Mondays even if you decide not to cook and eat it on Monday? What if you want a little sausage on your pizza on any given Monday -- will that be considered a crime? What about meat flavoring -- will that be permitted? Will they publish a new manual so we can check the rules and regulations? I've always been a law-abiding citizen and would hate to inadvertantly break any laws. Last of all, is there a grace period before the ax falls?
Dupars November 16, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Du-par's will be open for Thanksgiving! (365 days a year). Swing by our FB page and check out our family style special. We'll even do the dishes! :) https://www.facebook.com/DuparsStudioCity
Bob Blanchard November 17, 2012 at 09:06 AM
The only problem with good Thanksgiving dinners such as Dupars is you should START with a piece of their pie - - any pie, or else you run the risk of not having enough room after all the rest is said and done.


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