Turkey Breast

Turkey breasts might be the nemesis of every Thanksgiving cook out there. By the time the thighs and drumsticks actually come to an edible temperature, the breast can be overcooked and completely dried out. Food & Wine offers tips for keeping your turkey breast juicy and flavorful—during stressed holidays or not. Follow detailed directions for brining, basting, roasting and more for times when you want to conquer this fussy ingredient. Once you get the skills, you'll never have to eat dry turkey again.

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Turkey Shwarma 
with Cabbage Salad


Think of this sandwich as a Middle Eastern taco. 2012 F&W Best New Chef Jenn Louis, of Ray restaurant in Portland, Oregon, wraps a soft lavash flatbread around thinly sliced oven-roasted turkey breast (no vertical spit needed) and crunchy Israeli cabbage salad. It gets great flavor from lettuce zhug (based on the fiery Yemeni herb condiment), spiced shawarma oil and tangy dill pickles. Slideshow: More Turkey Breast Recipes

Turkey Breast Recipes

Roasting a whole turkey is always tricky, since the breast can dry out while the dark meat finishes cooking. If you're hosting a smaller crowd or an intimate Thanksgiving dinner, try just cooking the breast. Here, 6 delicious ideas.

Spicy Turkey and Veggie Tacos

A taco bar is the ultimate casual meal for guests, according to Adrian Harris & Jeremy Inglett, the Vancouver duo known as The Food Gays. "It's the best of both worlds, if you think about it. You get to prepare an impressive spread of food with very little effort involved, and your guests get to indulge while picking and choosing how they want to dress up their plate. There's way less fuss and worry about covering all your guests personal tastes and preferences, and bonus—tacos just seem to make people happy. This recipe is just for the 2 of us, but it can easily be scaled up for more" Slideshow: More Taco Recipes

Kentucky Hot Brown

Star chef Bobby Flay smothers an open-face turkey sandwich with cheese sauce and bacon for his version of the over-the-top Louisville classic. Slideshow: More Hot Melted Sandwich Recipes

Turkey Noodle Soup

This take on chicken noodle is every bit as satisfying as the classic. Slideshow: More Turkey Soup Recipes

Turkey and Egg Drop Soup

Browning the turkey first adds depth of flavor to the stock. Slideshow: More Turkey Soup Recipes

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Turkey and Spinach Soup

You can easily swap out baby arugula for the spinach if that's what you've got on hand. Slideshow: More Turkey Soup Recipes

Turkey Breast with Ginger-Scallion Sauce

David Chang recommends poaching turkey breast in leftover turkey stock before serving it with ginger-scallion sauce, based on his favorite condiment at Great N.Y. Noodletown in Chinatown.    More Recipes for Holiday Turkey Leftovers