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Turkey

Tue Nov 18, 2014

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast With Cornbread Stuffing

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It's Not You, It's Meat

The first Thanksgiving my wife (then girlfriend) spent with my family, her mother asked if she could send us a holiday ham as a gift. My wife was left explaining that it might not be most appropriate present for a Jewish family, thus beginning the tradition of a lovely in-law-provided floral centerpiece on our Thanksgiving table.

Oh, how I wished things went differently, though.

I have an insatiable appetite for ham, and knowing that those flowers could have just as easily been a beautiful, sweet city ham gnaws at me each successive holiday. We've long since given up keeping kosher and I've been waiting for the right time to introduce the idea of a ham instead of a bird. Well, it turned out that last year was finally when it happened. The only problem? The murmur of an absentee turkey didn't elate everyone to the same degree, so I was left trying to find the right scaled-down version of turkey to satisfy everyone at the table.

Given the circumstances, a bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breast may seem a little counterintuitive, but it hit a lot of the right notes—it was small, brought in the cornbread stuffing that was also going to to go missing, and was pretty much guaranteed to be delicious, and I wasn't left disappointed.

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Tue Nov 26, 2013

Grill-Roasted Herb-rubbed Turkey Breasts

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Herb-rubbed Turkey Breasts

It's been a goal of mine for quite some time to get the family to switch from turkey to ham for Thanksgiving—why settle for an inferior meat? For a holiday whose centerpiece is that iconic piece of poultry, this is a hard pill to swallow. Add to that the fact that the people I'm attempting to convince this is a good idea are Jewish (albeit Jews who no longer keep kosher), the prospect gets even harder. So it's with great pride that I announce that 2013, only 34 years after my birth, that the Bousel family will have a sweet city ham adorning the festive table for the first time ever. It was a full on sale to my mom and sister, but wasn't as enthusiastically received by my dad and stepmother. So I relented, that ham will get some company in the way of turkey, but with no need to cook an entire bird, I'm looking at the best ways to scale this down, and these herb-rubbed turkey breasts would do quite well.

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Tue Nov 12, 2013

Beer-Can Turkey

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Beer-can Turkey

In barbecue, bigger may not always mean better, but it certainly helps with those all important bragging rights. So why stop at beer can chicken? Why not bring out the big guns and do an entire turkey beer can style! I say if you're a pitmaster, it'll certainly score you big points on impression, and luckily, it's also pretty damn delicious.

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Tue Nov 20, 2012

Turkey Breast with Cranberry Stuffing

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Stuffed Turkey Breast

I have a fair amount of friends who stay put for Thanksgiving, making holiday meals for just two or three people. I'm so accustomed to cooking for a crowd, I wondered what it would be like to make a Thanksgiving dinner that was a reasonable size for a couple. A whole turkey would probably be overkill, and ensure you'd be eating nothing but bird for at least a week straight. Thinking smaller, but not venturing into "Thanksgiving chicken" territory, I thought why not just cook the turkey breasts, but that seemed a little lackluster with no allure of holiday flare. So then I went a step further and created this turkey breasts with cranberry stuffing.

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Tue Nov 6, 2012

Cajun Smoked Turkey

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Cajun Smoked Turkey

Thanksgiving is nothing without tradition, and I have my tried-and-true turkey recipe I make each year without fail. There's another tradition that has developed more recently though, one of a full Thanksgiving meal made about month prior to the holiday, where I gather my friends and turn them into human guinea pigs to taste test new turkey and other recipes I've been developing for the blogs. This annual event is now about five years old, and with each passing year, finding a new and unique take on grilled or smoked turkey has become more challenging. I've increasingly been turning away from the traditional notion of holiday birds and to doing more inventive incarnations, like this Cajun smoked turkey.

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