Regardless of how awesome your cranberry sauce or green bean casserole might very well be, on Thanksgiving it’s all about the bird—which is all about the turkey marinade. Guests will quickly forget the sweet yet savory sweet potatoes and your perfectly crafted pumpkin pie, but they will all remember the turkey, for better or worse. Phyllis Diller knows! She said, “My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.”
This Thanksgiving, a dry, tasteless bird is simply unacceptable. We’re planning on wowing guests by marinating our respective turkeys with one of these out of the ordinary and positively succulent marinades. To help you out, here are 15 unexpected turkey marinade recipes that will make this Thanksgiving epic.
1. Citrus-Marinated Turkey This marinade is filled with originality and pizzazz! Guests will love that it’s a little different with an added Latin kick. You prepare your turkey in the same way you would cook the traditional Yucatan cochinita pibil. You can’t go wrong with lots of garlic, spices and annatto paste!
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