Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends come together to celebrate all that they are thankful for. It’s also a time when delicious food is enjoyed.
Growing up, I was always taught that you should use every part of the turkey. So, when I was tasked with bringing a side dish to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, I knew I had to find a way to use all of the turkey.
In general, most persons are unaware of how tasty the turkey neck can be. When properly cooked, the meat is tender and full of flavor. In fact, I have such fond memories of my uncle and brother fighting over who will get that flavorful neckbone at our holiday gatherings.
Nevertheless, there are a few things to consider when cooking turkey necks. First, they must be cooked slowly to prevent them from drying out. Second, you’ll want to add some moisture to the dish, as turkey necks can be quite dry. Third, since the meat is so flavorful, you’ll want to choose combinations that will complement, rather than compete, with the taste of the turkey.
Here are some of my favorite ways to serve turkey necks:
Best Turkey Neck Dishes
- Turkey Neck Pho Noodle Soup
- Ultimate Curry Turkey Necks
- Turkey Neck and Giblet Broth
- Southern Smoked Turkey Necks
- Turkey Neck Gravy
- Black-Eyed Peas With Smoked Turkey Necks
- Southern-Style Green Beans with Smoked Turkey Neck and Potatoes
- Brown Turkey Neck Stew
- Turkey Neck Gumbo
Turkey Neck Pho Noodle Soup
I don’t know about y’all, but in my opinion, there are few things better than a big ol’ bowl of pho noodle soup. And you know what makes it even better? Turkey neck.
Now, I know that some people might be turned off by the thought of eating turkey neck, but trust me when I say that it is delicious. The meat is nice and tender, and it goes so well with the noodles and broth. Plus, it’s a great way to get your protein.
The noodles in the soup can be any type that you like. I usually use pho noodles, but you could also use minestrone or even orzo. And as for the broth, you can either make your own or buy it at the store. I like to make my own because it’s cheaper and I can control the ingredients, but if you’re short on time, the store-bought broth is fine.
Either way, your soup turns out, and I guarantee that it will be delicious. And your family and friends will be so impressed that you thought to use the turkey neck in such a creative way.
Ultimate Curry Turkey Necks
Next on the list is the ultimate curried turkey necks. Now, I know what you’re thinking, I ain’t never heard of curry turkey necks. But trust me, it complements the meat so well.
The reason why curry works so well as a side dish is because it is packed with flavor. And since the turkey necks are already so flavorful, the curry just takes it to the next level. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover turkey neck meat that you might have.
Now, to make this dish, you’ll need some basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. These include turmeric, cumin, garam masala, and curry powder. You’ll also need some chicken broth, coconut milk, and tomato paste.
The first thing you’ll want to do is sauté the onions in a bit of oil until they’re softened. Then, you’ll add the garlic, ginger, and all of the spices. Once everything is nicely mixed, you’ll add the chicken broth and coconut milk.
Let the mixture simmer for a bit, then add the turkey necks. You’ll want to let them cook until they’re nice and tender. Once they’re done, I like to serve them over some rice. I promise that your family will love this dish.
Turkey Neck and Giblet Broth
Another great way to ensure that no part of your turkey goes to waste is to make a turkey neck and giblet broth. This is a great way to use up the neck and giblets, which can sometimes be tough to cook.
To make the broth, you’ll need to simmer the neck and giblets in water for about an hour. You can also add some carrots, celery, and onions to the pot. Once the meat is cooked, you’ll want to remove it from the pot and strain the broth.
The broth can then be used in any number of recipes, or you can simply drink it as is. It’s packed with nutrients and makes a great alternative to store-bought chicken broth.
Southern Smoked Turkey Necks
Well, if you’re looking for a dish that is sure to impress, then look no further than smoked turkey necks. This dish is not only delicious but also looks great on a plate.
To smoke the turkey necks, you’ll need a smoker and some wood chips. I like to use hickory or mesquite wood chips, but you can use whatever you like. You’ll also need some seasonings, such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Once you have everything, the first thing you’ll want to do is soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes. This will help to prevent them from burning. Then, you’ll want to remove the turkey necks from the brine and pat them dry.
Next, you’ll season the necks with the spices and place them in the smoker. You’ll want to smoke them for about three hours, or until they’re cooked through.
Once they’re done, you can either serve them whole or slice them into pieces. Either way, they’re sure to be a hit.
Turkey Neck Gravy
Following that is the turkey neck gravy. Now, this dish is not for everyone, but if you’re a fan of offal, then you’re sure to love it.
The first thing you’ll need to do is render the fat from the necks. To do this, you’ll need to cook them in a pan over low heat until all of the fat has been rendered. Once the fat has been rendered, you’ll want to remove the necks from the pan and set them aside.
Next, you’ll need to make a roux by whisking together some flour and water. Once the roux is made, you’ll add it to the pan and cook it until it’s thickened. Then, you’ll add some chicken broth and whisk it until it’s smooth.
Finally, you’ll add the necks back into the gravy and let it simmer for a bit. Once it’s thickened, you can either serve it over some rice or mashed potatoes. I promise that this dish is worth trying at least once.
Black-Eyed Peas With Smoked Turkey Necks
Imagine what it would be like to have all the flavors of your favorite comfort food in one dish. Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get with this dish of black-eyed peas with smoked turkey necks.
I personally enjoy this dish because it’s packed with flavor and it’s also pretty easy to make.
Let me explain…
To make this dish, you’ll need some smoked turkey necks, black-eyed peas, and seasonings. I like to use garlic, onion, and cumin.
First, you’ll cook the black-eyed peas according to their package directions. Once they’re cooked, you’ll add the smoked turkey necks and the seasonings. I recommend you let it simmer for a few minutes so that all the flavors can meld together then Wham.
It sounds simple. And it is! Likewise, this dish is great on its own or served over some rice. Regardless, you’re sure to love it.
Southern-Style Green Beans with Smoked Turkey Neck and Potatoes
Next, these Southern-Style Green Beans with Smoked Turkey Neck and Potatoes make a great treat for your holiday meal!
In addition to that, this dish is also great for leftovers, as it reheats well and can be served with other meats or vegetables.
So how do you prepare this green-bean-a-licious turkey neck dish?
Simply, you’ll need smoked turkey necks, green beans, potatoes, and some seasonings. I normally use a bit of sea salt, garlic, onion powder, and black pepper.
First, you’ll cook the smoked turkey neck in a broth until they’re tender and the broth reduced. Then, you’ll add the green beans and potatoes and let it all simmer until they are cooked to your liking.
Lastly, you’ll season it with spices and serve. It’s that easy! Not to mention, this dish is perfect for those cold winter nights or holiday gatherings.
Brown Turkey Neck Stew
Hold on to your hat because this next carribean inspired dish is a sure winner. In fact, it’s one of my personal favorite. This dish is what I like to call a Brown Turkey Neck Stew and the flavors are so bold with just the right amount of heat and sweet.
As for preparation, you’ll need to first sauté the garlic and onions in a bit of oil. Then, you’ll add the bell peppers, diced tomatoes, and all of the spices. Let that cook for a few minutes until everything is fragrant.
Next, you’ll add the smoked turkey necks and enough water to cover them. You’ll want to let that simmer until the necks are cooked through. After, you can serve it up and enjoy.
Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey Necks
Turkey Neck Gumbo
Last, but not least, is a classic gumbo. This dish is perfect for those who love bold flavors and a bit of heat.
What makes this so special?
Well, as a gumbo lover myself, I can tell you that it’s the perfect combination of ingredients and seasonings.
Generally speaking, to make this dish, you’ll need smoked turkey necks, diced tomatoes, okra, flour, garlic, onion, cajun seasoning, black pepper, and chicken broth.
First things first, you’ll make a roux by whisking together some flour, butter and milk over low heat. Then, you’ll add the garlic and onion and let it cook until translucent.
Next, you’ll add the diced tomatoes, okra, cajun seasoning, and black pepper. Let that cook for a few minutes then add the chicken broth.
Lastly, you’ll add the smoked turkey necks and let it all simmer until the necks are cooked through and the gumbo is thickened. I like to serve this gumbo over some rice with a side of cornbread or a green salad. But, it’s just as good on its own.
What can you do with the turkey neck?
- Smoked turkey necks can be used in a variety of dishes such as stews, soups, and gumbo.
- They can also be cooked and served on their own as a side dish.
- Turkey necks can also be used to make broth or stock.
Are turkey necks healthy?
Turkey necks contain high levels of B vitamins, minerals, and protein. They are also a good source of collagen. While turkey necks are generally considered healthy, it is important to note that they can be high in fat.
What is the best way to cook turkey necks?
There is no one “best” way to cook turkey necks. However, some popular methods include simmering, boiling, smoking, and baking.
What’s the bottom line? Well, there are a variety of side dishes that go great with turkey necks. And, what’s even better is that they’re all relatively easy to make.
So, whether you’re looking for something simple or something more complex, there’s definitely a dish on this list for you.
Now make it happen! Get in the kitchen and try out one of these dishes. I guarantee you’ll be happy you did. And, your taste buds will be doing the tango.