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FREE Thanksgiving Cookbook! The Ultimate Guide to Whole Turkey

We have all the info you need to perfectly cook a turkey for Thanksgiving (or any other day!)  Download our FREE cookbook to learn how to do everything from choosing a turkey to carving it. 

Ultimate Guide to Whole Turkey: From purchasing to carving, with bonus tips on making dressing and gravy.  A FREE cookbook download from the Iowa Turkey Federation

What’s in the cookbook?

  • How to choose and purchase a turkey
  • How to thaw a turkey
  • How to clean a turkey
  • How to season a turkey with rubs, marinades or brine
  • How to prepare dressing or stuffing 
  • How to roast a turkey
  • How to roast a frozen turkey
  • How to deep fry turkey
  • How to grill a whole turkey
  • How to smoke a turkey
  • How to carve a turkey (photo guide)
  • How to make turkey gravy

Includes 17 Recipes for:

  • Whole Turkey
  • Marinades
  • Brine
  • Turkey Dressing
  • Turkey Gravy
  • Turkey Broth
  • Turkey Rub

(Easy BBQ Turkey, Shoot the Turkey -Roasted turkey injected with marinade,  Award Winning Barbecue Turkey, Old Fashioned Turkey Dressing, Cranberry Nut Dressing, Giblet Dressing, Chestnut Dressing, Mushroom Dressing, Slow-Cooker Dressing, Basic Brine, Lemon Barbecue Marinade, Teriyaki Marinade, Herb Mustard Turkey Rub, Cajun Spice Turkey Rub, Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Glaze, Turkey Broth, Turkey Gravy)

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14 Tasty Turkey Recipes from The Slow Roasted Italian

We love turkey recipes, obviously.  So we get positively giddy when we find others who love them as much as we do!

Recently, we stumbled upon The Slow Roasted Italian – this husband/wife team creates amazing recipes and blogs about them together.  Donna is originally from Florida, but Chad hails from Iowa (or “God’s Country,” as they call it on their blog!)

You will love these turkey recipes: everything from kid-friendly veggie turkey meatballs to a traditional herb roasted turkey.  The Slow Roasted Italian‘s recipes are a testament to the versatility of turkey!

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hearty tex mex breakfast burrito

Hearty Tex-Mex Breakfast Burrito

Over 40 grams of protein and less than 400 calories…this breakfast burrito is amazing!



cheesy farfalle with turkey and peasCheesy Farfalle with Turkey and Peas

This is a great, easy weeknight meal that kids and grownups will love!



Little Kick Jalapeno turkey burger

“Little Kick” Turkey Jalapeno Burger

A fiery burger, perfect with a margarita on a warm summer night!




Simple Herb Roasted Turkey

Donna’s take on the classic Thanksgiving Bird!



southwestern turkey meatloaf

Southwestern Turkey Meatloaf

At 267 calories per serving, we think you should have seconds!



broccoli-cheddar-turkey-egg bowl

Broccoli Cheddar Turkey Egg Bowl

High protein breakfast – make it on the weekend and then reheat throughout the week!



Fully-Loaded-Tex-Mex-Turkey Burger

Fully Loaded Tex Mex Turkey Burger

Crunchy, creamy, hearty and flavorful a burger so fantastic you can’t help but eat 2, or 3…. 



munchkin-veggie-turkey meatballsMunchkin Meatballs

Kid friendly, mommy approved.  Mini-meatballs with zucchini and carrot.



20 minute homemade taco bowls with turkey

20 Minute Homemade Turkey Taco Bowls

This fun twist on an ordinary taco night is just what your family night needs!



tsri-ravioli-and-sasauge-skillet-30-minute-mealRavioli and Sausage Skillet
30 Minutes, one skillet, and enough inactive time to clean the kitchen:  this is perfect.








 Green-Chile-Cheese-and-SausGreen Chile and Cheese Sausage Poppers

Makes 100 mini meatballs – great for parties, or freeze and reheat as a quick snack!



dash-italian-mini-meatloafCheesy Italian Mini Meatloaf Cups

Fabulous Italian flavors in a moist cheesy meatloaf. Turning meatloaf into a family favorite is as easy as following this simple recipe!


cheesy-sun-dried-tomato-meaCheesy Sun-dried Tomato Meatball Poppers

Game day or Valentine’s Day these are an impressive appetizer! 



Chipotle Bacon Monte Cristo tsri-chipotle-bacon-monte-cristo-sandwichesSandwiches

Spicy Chipotle Pepper sauce spread over bread topped with mild cheddar cheese, turkey slices and bacon. 







Donna and Chad also have dozens of other amazing recipes on their site – be sure to check it out and tell them we sent you!



roasted turkey breast

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips from our Home Economist

Gretta Irwin, the Iowa Turkey Federation’s Executive Director and Home Economist, knows a thing or two about cooking turkey.


Check out this segment on WHO-TV 13 in Des Moines for all of Gretta’s best Thanksgiving Tips.



Want more info? Download our FREE guide to roasting turkey or try the Blue Cheese Sauce Gretta mentioned in the video.