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How to Salt-Roast Turkey
Roast this year’s bird in a salt crust for the juiciest turkey ever.
Sweet and Savory Grilled Pork Chops
The fragrant marinade for these pork chops both infuses the meat with tons of flavor and ensures that the rib-cut chops, which already have slightly more fat than a center-cut chop, remain tender and moist on the grill. The sugar in the marinade helps to create a beautiful dark golden brown crust with areas of light charring. Once the chops are on the grill, refrain from moving them around too often in order to allow grill marks to form. If you'd like, grill some asparagus and sliced sweet potatoes as well to round out your meal.
Salt-Crusted Turkey
Banish any chance of a dry bird with this salt-crusted turkey breast. Salt-roasting is a technique that is often employed to keep lean fish moist while roasting; the mixture of salt and egg whites forms a nearly airtight crust when baked, locking in moisture and flavor. It works the same magic with turkey. Whereas traditional methods for roasting turkey tend to yield dry white meat, salt-roasting delivers an incredibly juicy breast that's perfectly seasoned to the bone, with no brining required. Use kosher salt to ensure maximum coverage at a reasonable cost. While a 10- to 15-minute rest is ideal, the turkey breast can rest in its crust up to 30 minutes while remaining juicy and tender.
Air-Fryer Fried Chicken with Hot Honey
Who needs a deep fryer when you can get such delicious results from an air-fryer? Anna starts with a hot-sauce buttermilk soak, then coats the chicken with well-seasoned flour mixture. A dip in beaten eggs, then back into the flour mixture to ensure a crispy coating, and the air-fryer will take it from there without quarts of oil and all of the splatters that go along with it. This chicken is equally delicious served for lunch the next day.
Spicy Lamb Chops
This quick and impressive lamb chop recipe is perfect to serve for either a simple weeknight dinner or an elegant party. The sharp heat and bright flavors from the chopped herb, chile, and lemon sauce balance the fat and gaminess in the lamb. If you'd like, you can French the lamb chops (cut between and around to reveal the bones), or ask your butcher to do it for you. Serve with roasted fingerling potatoes and a simple salad.
Gau Gee
Toasted sesame oil and crunchy water chestnuts enrich the pork filling in these Gau Gee, crispy fried wontons, from chef Kiki Aranita. "At the many family feasts that I attend in Hawaii, gau gee are ubiquitous," says Aranita. "I'm also half Chinese, so this recipe uses the pork-and-chestnut filling that I learned to make as a child in Hong Kong." Aranita likes to serve Gau Gee alongside a simple Spicy Mayo Dip. To make it, just stir together 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 teaspoon Poi Dog Chili Peppah Water (Aranita's version of chile pepper water, a staple Hawaiian condiment) or ichimi togarashi.

More Meat + Poultry

Pan-Seared Skirt Steaks with Carrot Puree and Braised Cabbage
Velvety carrot puree, tender pan-seared steaks, and braised cabbage come together in a beautifully composed dish topped with a fresh, punchy cilantro gremolata from 2019 Food & Wine Best New Chef Paxx Caraballo Moll of Jungle BaoBao in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A well-prepared mise en place is the key here: Cut and measure ahead of time to cook and plate with ease. "I love the flavor explosions and textures you get from this dish," says Moll. "Transforming a humble cut of meat, making it delicious, and seeing people's faces and all the great feedback make me proud of this dish. The sweetness of the carrots makes a great contrast with our gremolata, and every bite feels refreshing."
Arroz de Galinha
Rating: Unrated
As the child of Portuguese immigrants, 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chef George Mendes grew up eating all sorts of rice dishes at home. "There was simple tomato rice served with fried fish and then rabbit rice on special occasions and holidays," he says. This cozy chicken and rice recipe draws on those memories. In it, shredded rotisserie chicken, olives, sautéed onions and bell pepper, and crispy rendered soppressata are topped with cooked saffron rice and baked until the rice gets crispy on top to make a comforting dinner.

Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Cherry Tomatoes

Rating: 4 stars

Tender tomatoes add bites of sweetness throughout this simple but deeply flavorful pan-roasted chicken dinner. Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are browned on the stovetop and then transferred to the oven, where they bake with lemon slices, garlic, and cherry tomatoes. Served with crusty bread for sopping up the lemony pan juices and fresh, garlicky Swiss chard pesto, the roast chicken thighs are especially good with this wine pairing from Micah Clark, of The Charter Oak in St. Helena, California. "Oaky Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite late summer bottles," he says. "One with a lot of Sémillon works with the rich chicken and the bright lemon in this dish."