How Do I Cook a Summery Turkey Dinner?

published Jul 24, 2015
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Q: My husband and I are moving next month, and I have a frozen turkey in the freezer that I’d like to use up before we go. I’d like to throw one last dinner party for some friends, but I need help finding a summer-appropriate turkey recipe that doesn’t scream Thanksgiving.

I know deep-frying is an option, but I don’t have a deep-fryer and I’m a little afraid of all that hot oil. I’ve also seen instructions on how to grill a turkey and I’d love to try, but my husband (our designated grill master) is deeply opposed to grilling because our propane grill is old and the heat is not even. So it looks like I may have to stick to roasting in the oven. Thoughts on creative turkey recipes I can turn into a casual summer dinner party? Maybe something ethnic?

Sent by Maggie

Editor: I see two ways you can make this happen — because yes, it’s definitely possible to have a summer dinner party with turkey. I recommend using a non-traditional turkey recipe (like this Mexican-style version, below). It’s also all about the sides! Go with non-traditional, summery sides to bring the meal together.

Readers, what’s your advice for Maggie on cooking a turkey dinner in the summer?