Our 10 Favorite Martha Stewart Turkey Recipes For Thanksgiving

When you start to feel that crisp fall breeze, you know Thanksgiving is not far away.

That turns the spotlight to culinary preparation, and who better to take inspiration from than Martha Stewart?

Renowned for her culinary delights, attention to detail, and sumptuous recipes, Martha Stewart has a whole host of delicious turkey recipes for Thanksgiving to choose from.

The problem is trying to choose a suitable recipe for you and your family out of Martha’s substantial collection.

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To make it a little easier for you, we have selected our 10 favorite Martha Stewart turkey recipes for Thanksgiving and curated them into a tasty list below.

From brined to roasted turkeys, join us as we delve into the culinary magic Martha Stewart has given us.

Herbal Infusions

We will begin by taking a look at some turkey recipes that are infused with delicious herbs, giving your Thanksgiving dinner mouthwatering, fragrant, and aromatic undertones.

1. Citrus And Herb Turkey

Simple yet hugely flavorful, this turkey recipe is one you will be coming back to time and time again. The turkey is roasted with lemon, orange, garlic, fresh sage, and thyme, giving it a beautifully rich flavor.

You will certainly elevate your Thanksgiving feast with this show-stopping recipe.

The turkey cavity is meticulously seasoned with a perfect blend of salt and pepper, laying that rich, flavorful foundation.

But, what truly distinguishes this recipe is the aromatic herb stuffing, all of which infuse the meat with nuanced flavors throughout roasting.

The skin is rubbed with olive oil and generously seasoned, achieving a golden perfection to wow family and friends. And, when served with a velvety herb-infused gravy, you are guaranteed an extraordinary culinary experience this Thanksgiving.

2. Herbed Roasted Turkey

Next up, we have a traditional roasted turkey recipe, but with the addition of different herbs, including sage, rosemary, parsley, thyme, and garlic.

This infusion of herbs is rubbed under the turkey skin, imparting aromatic flavors, while cavity seasonings and lemons enhance the turkey’s overall essence.

Preparation is how you’d expect; you remove the giblets and turn the turkey for even cooking. You should also tie the legs to maintain shape and moisture, and the added cider in the pan adds a wonderful succulence.

It’s the herbs that make this an extraordinary recipe, though, providing unforgettable flavors for an unforgettable feast.

3. Roast Turkey With Herb Butter

There are several reasons why this roast turkey with herb butter recipe is a triumph. First, there is the butter rub, consisting of sage, rosemary, and thyme, transforming the turkey into a herbaceous masterpiece.

This butter rub not only provides a crispy nature to the skin but also imparts moisture and flavor to the meat.

Then there is the simplicity of its preparation, which contradicts how flavorful the turkey turns out to be. Placed on a bed of roasted vegetables, the turkey reaches another level, allowing delicious drippings to collect for the sumptuous, rich gravy.

Your family and friends will talk about this turkey recipe for years to come. It’s a flavorful centerpiece, making it an ideal choice for your Thanksgiving table.

4. Roasted Rolled Turkey Breast With Herbs

Our final herb extravaganza comes in the form of this roasted rolled turkey breast recipe.

This is a little different, as it’s not for the main turkey dinner; instead, it’s a sumptuous entrée with a delicious gravy sauce, providing you with the best possible way to start your Thanksgiving dinner.

Then again, it could be perfect for intimate gatherings or other special occasions.

In this recipe, you butterfly a whole turkey breast and adorn it with a delicious blend of fresh parsley, orange zest, and sage-infused butter. This turkey is rolled, tied, and roasted to absolute perfection, with each slice unveiling mouth-watering herb fillings.

Partnered with a gravy sporting citrusy notes of orange, this dish is destined to become a favorite in your household.

Beautifully Brined Turkeys

It’s time to take a look at some incredible brined turkey recipes to take your Thanksgiving dinner to another level.

5. Spiced Buttermilk-Brined Turkey

Made with wonderful fragrant spices like juniper berries, coriander seeds, bay leaves, fennel seeds, and peppercorns, this spiced buttermilk-brined turkey recipe from Martha Stewart will take center stage this year.

It is packed full of salivating flavors and aromas that will have everyone reaching for seconds.

This brined turkey recipe is one of our favorite choices for Thanksgiving, ensuring a succulent and flavorful centerpiece. The brining process begins by simmering water, salt, bay leaves, and spices to create a seasoned infusion.

And, when you place the turkey in a brining bag with this aromatic mixture, along with buttermilk, garlic, onions, and thyme, you are guaranteed an astounding flavor profile.

We recommend refrigerating the bird for 24 hours, too, allowing the meat to absorb the rich mix of flavors. Moist and savory turkey at its best.

6. Roasted Heritage Turkey With Aromatic Brine

If you want to enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey with a Southern-inspired touch this year, look no further than this roasted heritage turkey with aromatic brine recipe.

Featuring a star-stellar line up of thyme, garlic, coriander, bay leaves, fennel seeds, and peppercorns, the flavors burst on to your palette with every bite.

Originally adapted from Anne Quatrano’s “Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality,” this brine recipe is a testament to Southern culinary expertise.

We adore the combination of these aromatic spices, which ensures the turkey is not only seasoned to perfection, but also succulent and flavorful. A sure-fire way of making this Thanksgiving dinner a memorable and delicious one.

7. Classic Brined And Roasted Turkey

We may have found the epitome of Thanksgiving perfection with this classic brined and roasted turkey recipe.

Brined for 24 hours to heighten moisture retention, the turkey takes on a golden hue, as well as an irresistibly juicy texture, exactly what you want from your Thanksgiving bird!

The mixture of rich flavors and aromas are what make this recipe so special. There is a heavenly mix of butter and wine, which is basted during roasting.

This imparts a luscious depth to the turkey that is otherwise hard to replicate. The result? An exceptional turkey meal that tantalizes the palate, boasting a perfect balance of succulence and a symphony of enticing flavors.

Turkey Snacks And Leftovers

We understand that not everyone wants a full turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. Some would prefer smaller slices of turkey or even turkey sandwiches.

Well, if that’s you, or you have turkey leftovers, read on, as we have the best Martha Stewart turkey snack recipes to try.

8. Turkey Monte Cristo

If you’re like most of us, you will be left with tons of turkey leftovers this Thanksgiving. But, don’t waste it – instead, you can try making this turkey Monte Cristo recipe, perfect for anyone who loves a classic French toast and grilled cheese treat.

Rather than being pan-fried, like most grilled cheese sandwiches, this Thanksgiving gem is baked, using less butter as a healthier alternative. Best of all, you can make several at a time!

The cranberry gives this turkey melt a delectable twist, making it an absolute breeze. You just need turkey, cranberry sauce, and cheese, all nestled between slices of thick-cut Pullman bread, before being soaked in an egg and milk mixture.

Finally, you bake it to golden perfection and enjoy a heavenly blend of flavors and textures.

9. Turkey Reuben

This turkey Reuben sandwich is a rejuvenation of a classic Reuben sandwich, pairing turkey with melted cheese and rye bread.

The mustard laces the fillings, including tangy cabbage coleslaw, taking the place of sauerkraut, resulting in a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving treat for the ages.

Boasting a fusion of enticing aromas and rich flavors, this turkey Reuben recipe also has an incredible texture, thanks to the cabbage slaw, pickles, and turkey combined with Russian dressing and melted cheese.

When grilled to perfection, this sandwich gives you that perfect sweet spot with tangy and savory notes.

10. Turkey Croquettes

Served with cranberry sauce, these turkey croquettes stand out with a band of mouth-watering flavors and luscious aromas. The sage, sautéed onion, and thyme create a savory foundation, complemented by the richness of the turkey and cream.

The addition of potatoes, flour, and egg is a masterful stroke, bringing a delightful texture to the mixture.

Coated in breadcrumbs and pan-fried to golden perfection, each bite of these croquettes offers a crispy exterior and a savory, creamy interior – the dream!

Comfort and elegance, all in one, these turkey croquettes will do down a storm at any Thanksgiving celebration this year.

Final Thoughts

Getting the turkey just right for Thanksgiving causes stress amongst households up and down the country. But this year, you can rest assured that your turkey dinner and treats will have everyone asking for more.

These Martha Stewart turkey recipes are all simple to follow and incredibly flavorsome.

We’ve cut the choices down to 10; now it’s your turn to choose which one you will try this Thanksgiving.

Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving brunch ideas.

Our 10 Favorite Martha Stewart Turkey Recipes For Thanksgiving

Recipe by Barbara HuntCourse: Martha Stewart


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  • Choose a turkey recipe
  • Gather your ingredients
  • Prepare your dish
  • Dig in.
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