With Thanksgiving just around the corner some very strange and weird ways to cook a turkey are showing up on social media these days. The Thanksgiving turkey stuffed and roasted in the oven for hours is the traditional way to cook your bird. Because it’s tried and true, it is also considered by many folks to be a safe way to cook up your turkey without too many surprises. This is great for tradition especially if you like to play it safe, but if you want to put your own spin on the Thanksgiving dinner, here’s your chance.
USA Today on November 9 offers up some “weird” ways to cook your turkey, but they are not only nontraditional cooking techniques, they turn the turkey into a delicious meal. The first one they mentioned is deep-frying and because this has been around for at least a decade now, it is not as weird as it once was.
A turkey fryer outside is the safest way to get that deep-fried turkey ready for your Thanksgiving dinner. Vegetable oil and that turkey fryer are all you need besides your turkey for this method.
Then there’s beer can Turkey, which is just like beer can chicken, with many claiming it is absolutely the best way to keep the turkey meat moist and tasty. You simply open a can of beer and insert the can like a giant suppository in the back end of the turkey.
The turkey can be done in the oven this way or on the grill outside with the top down. The turkey should stand on end with the beer can upright while providing a stable foundation for that standing bird.
The Southbend Tribute today passes a tip along from their experts about any turkey cooking method you use. Regardless of how you are cooking your turkey, let it sit “undisturbed” on a cutting board for at least 30 minutes before carving the bird. Many cooks and grandmothers will tell you the same thing. They do this to get the juices settled, which will offer up a moist bird.
If you don’t care about the extra calories for the holiday turkey, wrap it in bacon. Cover the turkey with strips of bacon in a weave-like pattern with a row going one way and then a row going the other way. The taste is out of this world, but with the price of bacon today some might find this economically challenging for your Thanksgiving dinner.
For the no mess, no fuss and no bother cook, you can throw your turkey in an oven bag and cook it in the microwave or in the oven like the traditional Thanksgiving turkey is cooked. Then there is always Thanksgiving in a cake, which is probably the weirdest way to serve your Thanksgiving dinner. This turkey and fixings in a cake is seen above.
This turkey cake appeared on Pinterest and it looks amazing. Chowhound has offered up the directions on how to put this dinner in a cake together. Even if you can’t bear to mix your dinner together like this for your special holiday meal, there’s no reason you can’t try this with your leftovers.
You basically layer the turkey meat, stuffing, vegetable, and cranberry sauce in such a way so when you slice into it the dinner resembles a slice of cake. This is easy believe it or not!