Thanksgiving is all about tradition – regardless of whether you celebrate it with the same family members every year, go the Friendsgiving route, or like to switch it up, the food more or less stays the same. Everyone has a favorite dish they wait around all year for, be it a green bean casserole, sweet potato dish, or certain kind of pie. Those dishes can and should stay put.
Turkeys, on the other hand, deserve to be played with. Over the years, we've seen the deep-fried turkey, the turducken, and even pickle-brined turkeys have their moment. This year, Reynolds Kitchens developed what might be the most millennial turkey you could think of ... your grandma might hate it, but your Instagram followers will go nuts.
The Flamin' Hot Cheetos Turkey turns your bird bright red, and is actually pretty easy to make. Here's how it works: First up, grab a few bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Crush them up in a food processor, or place them in a zip-top bag and smash them with a rolling pin. Brush the turkey with oil or butter, then coat with the crushed chips.
Add a teaspoon of flour to an oven bag (Reynolds makes a BPA-free one made of nylon-resin instead of plastic), then place the bird in the bag and into a large roasting pan. You'll want to close the bag with a nylon tie and make 1/2-inch slits in the bag (about six will do) before putting it in the oven.
For a slightly more traditional-looking turkey – with an equally crazy flavor – Reynolds also created recipes for a Funyuns Turkey and a Cool Ranch Doritos Turkey. The birds get the same treatment as the Cheetos recipe, but can be cooked with tin foil instead of an oven bag, either by wrapping the entire turkey in tin foil or making a foil tent over the turkey before cooking. Both methods help keep the turkey from drying out or browning too quickly in the oven.