Easy Turkey Recipes for Every Season

Don't be discouraged when it comes to cooking turkey-there are plenty of easy turkey recipes out there. Turkey is a very lean meat, and, if you are working with turkey breasts, it cooks rather quickly. For plain turkey cutlets, add fresh herbs and spices to make it flavorful. Remember, it doesn't have to be Thanksgiving for you and your family to enjoy turkey.

The Roasted Turkey
For first-timers, start out easy with a 12-pound turkey. Clean out the insides, remove the innards and discard them in the trash. Now you'll want to combine ¾ cup olive oil with herbs and seasonings, which you'll use to cover the turkey. Try combining the olive oil with ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 tablespoons onion powder, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried oregano and a small sprinkle of parsley flakes. For a different herb mixture, take the olive oil with the salt and pepper, and add in about 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary and 2 tablespoons of dried basil.

With a basting brush, spread the herb mixture all over the turkey. Be careful to coat the turkey well. Bake the turkey in the oven at 350 degrees for about 3 ½ hours. It's best to have an internal thermometer that will let you know precisely with the bird is done, which is when the turkey meat reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit. When it's finished, let it rest for about a half hour before carving.

Serve it with a side of fresh sweet potatoes and spinach. Or, you can try making a cold macaroni or potato salad to go along with some mixed greens.

Turkey Cobb Salad
What could you possibly do with all those turkey leftovers from the past recipe? Why not put it to good use in a lunchtime salad? If you're a fan of the Cobb salad, try switching out the ham for the turkey.

Start by chopping up 2 cups of the turkey meat into cube-like pieces. Then take two pieces of cooked bacon, and chop that up as well. Add in a cup of chopped hard-boiled eggs, a cup of chopped cherry tomatoes and two teaspoons of blue cheese. Layer the meats and veggies over a bed of iceberg lettuce. Top this turkey Cobb recipe with the dressing of your choosing. If you want to go light for the dressing, use a touch of balsamic vinegar.

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