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Turkey is the star of Thanksgiving, and the main bird at many Christmas dinners and also a favourite year round because of its low-fat healthy meat. There are endless Turkey recipes for cooking turkey, roasting turkey and of course, leftover turkey. Here's a selection of my 10 favourite recipes for turkey to cover most occasions plus a handy guide to work out cooking times for your festive bird.

Roast Turkey - Roast Turkey and Stuffing Recipe

Roast Turkey Recipe
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Mmmm...roast turkey and all the trimmings, no Christmas or Thanksgiving would be complete without one. British food favourite is roast turkey with a sage and onion stuffing but there are many other flavours for your festive table including a lovely bread stuffing or a sausage stuffing.

Both these stuffing's are cooked alongside the bird, not inside, as this is considered less of a food risk.

Roast Turkey, Sage and Onion Stuffing Recipe

Roast Turkey Cooking and Timing Guide

Roast Turkey
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Worried about how much to buy and how long to cook your turkey? This handy guide to cooking and timing should help.

The weights and cooking times refer to the Roast Turkey with Sage and Onion Recipe where the stuffing is covering the breast, not in the cavity. Cooking stuffing in the cavity is not recommended as this can lead to unpredictable temperatures and may be a health risk. Without stuffing, reduce all times by 15 minutes.

Turkey Roasting and Cooking Time Guide

Asian Spiced Turkey Recipe

Asian Spiced Turkey Recipe
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The perfect salad for left over turkey. Inspired by a Jamie Oliver recipe for left over turkey it is a delicious blend of Asian spices, aromas and fruit. The salad can be prepared in advance and served cool or cooked at the last minute and served hot immediately it is ready. Whichever, Asian Turkey with Cranberries and Pomegranate is the perfect salad whenever you have leftover turkey; chicken or duck also work well.

Asian Spiced Turkey Recipe .

Pan-Fried Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Sandwich Recipe

Pan-Fried Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Sandwich Recipe
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A delicious pan-fried sandwich perfect for leftover turkey be it at Christmas, Thanksgiving or any time you have a few slices. Pan-fried Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Sandwich is a lovely combination and makes a great lunch, snack or simple supper served with a green salad.

Pan-Fried Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Sandwich Recipe.

Coronation Turkey Recipe

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The coronation in this recipe is usually mixed with cooked chicken. This turkey recipe, however has replaced the chicken to become Coronation Turkey, another great way to use up leftover turkey.

Coronation chicken was designed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as a representation of the, then, colonial nature of the British Empire so includes fruit, curry and mayonnaise. There may no longer be a British empire but this recipes remains a firm favourite all over the British Isles.

Coronation Turkey

Turkey Strudel Recipe

Turkey Strudel Recipe
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Never too tired for turkey then try this recipe for a Turkey Strudel with Wild Mushrooms and Chestnuts. It's a great dish for buffets, lunch boxes, or with a salad makes a great supper.

Turkey Strudel Recipe.

Turkey Penne with Lemon, Ginger and Walnuts

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A lovely mix of leftover turkey, with Penne pasta and delicious flavours of lemon, ginger and a crunch of walnuts. So easy to make.

Turkey with Penne, Lemon, Ginger and Walnuts

Low Fat Turkey Curry Recipe

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In the UK, Turkey Curry is a favourite food for using up leftover turkey. It brings together the lovely meat and the British love of any form of curry. This recipe will help all of you feeling a little 'heavy' after the festivities with a delicious low-fat curry from Fiona Hayes, About.com's Low Fat Cooking Guide.

Low Fat Turkey Curry

Turkey Around the World

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Looking for inspirational recipes from around the globe, you can do no better than Kyle Phillips, About.com's Guide to Italian Food, collection of recipes. There's not only an alphabetical listing of countries but he's thrown in some historical recipes as well.

Turkey Around the Globe

Deboning a Turkey, Step by Step

Boned Turkey - Recipe - Boned Turkey Recipe
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Apart from the classic roast turkey, there are also many, many recipes for boneless turkey. Boneless turkey means shorter cooking times, less risk of under cooking and also, carving becomes very easy.

You can usually get your butcher to bone out the bird, but it's not that hard to do and Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, About.com's Guide to Home Cooking has a wonderful Step-by-Step to Boning a Turkey.

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