Whether you're looking for new recipes to bring home for Thanksgiving or you somehow got stuck with "turkey duty" for this year's Friendsgiving, you NEED to give this Mac and Cheese Turkey Recipe a try.
YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. The recipe, created by Reynolds Kitchens, combines every college kid's favorite, cheesy meal with juicy turkey, and it's guaranteed to break the ice at any gathering - even one with those relatives you never speak to.
I know, I know, cooking turkey can be daunting, but for this recipe, you'll only need four ingredients! Plus some sturdy aluminum foil to make sure none of the yummy juices slip through the cracks when you're cooking.
Intrigued? Follow the recipe below from start to finish and I guarantee you won't be switching back to plain ol' turkey anytime soon.
Not a mac and cheese fan? Yes I'm going to judge you, but no you don't have to give up on the holiday fun. There are plenty of other flavored turkey recipes out there that are equally outrageous. Try the Flamin' Hot Cheetos Turkey, the Glitter Turkey, or the Pumpkin Spice Turkey (literally EVERYTHING pumpkin spice tastes delicious). Happy feasting!
- One 10- to 16-pound turkey
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 pouches of powdered cheese from your favorite boxed macaroni and cheese
- 2 boxes of your favorite box macaroni and cheese, prepared (in addition to the two boxes needed for the cheese powder only)
- Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse, and pat dry.
(see this video for detailed instructions on how to prepare a packaged turkey to roast)
Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil 2-1/2 times longer than the turkey. Place the turkey lengthwise in the center of the aluminum foil sheet to cook.
Brush the turkey with oil, then fully coat it in your powdered cheese mixture.
Close the aluminum foil loosely by overlapping the ends. Turn up the short sides of the foil to hold in the juices. Do not seal airtight. Place foil-wrapped turkey in a roasting pan that's at least 2 inches deep. Insert a meat thermometer through the foil into the thickest part of the turkey's inner thigh, making sure it doesn't touch the bone.
Roast the turkey until your meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove it from the oven and let it stand for 15 minutes. See cooking chart for estimated cooking times.
Remove and discard the foil. Transfer to a serving dish and add prepared boxed macaroni and cheese for garnish!!
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