Sunday Supper: Thanksgiving Turkey

November 24, 2013 | By | Comments (0)

Whether it’s a succulent pot roast, cheesy casserole, or warming, savory stew, we love Sunday supper. It’s a dinner party without the formality, where family and friends gather for easy conversation and good food – lots of it!

This week, just in time for your bountiful holiday feast, we’re highlighting everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving bird – turkey. Some brine their turkey in advance, others like to deep-fry it, and a few even stuff it with a duck and a chicken, resulting in a concoction known as “turducken.”

You might be surprised to know that a plump, golden-brown turkey most likely wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. The Wampanoags, the American Indians who introduced the Pilgrims to corn, probably brought venison, rather than turkey, to the feast.

In the late 1700s, Founding Fathers Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton had a hand in bringing turkey to the Thanksgiving table. Franklin, who was part of the committee that chose the bald eagle as our national bird, actually preferred the turkey as an American symbol. Also around this time, Hamilton expressed his belief that, “No citizen of the United States should refrain from turkey on Thanksgiving Day.”

So whether you’re a turkey traditionalist or are looking for a new recipe this year, the South’s Most Trusted Kitchen has you covered. In addition to sharing our best turkey recipes, we’ve created a foolproof how-to guide so you can make the perfect bird. Start by watching a demo of our Salt-and-Pepper Roasted Turkey below.

At Southern Living, we’re more than proud to make turkey the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving dinner table and we hope you are too. We wish you and your family a very happy Turkey Day!

Turkey Recipes:

Salt-and-Pepper Roasted Turkey
Sugar-and-Spice Cured Turkey
Apple-Bourbon Turkey and Gravy
Creole Deep-Fried Turkey

For more turkey recipes, check out our Thanksgiving Meal Planner.

Turkey 101:

Selecting a Turkey

The Best Way To Brine a Turkey

How To Carve & Slice a Turkey

How To Make the Best of Leftover Turkey


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