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Roast Turkey

Whether you’re preparing a roast turkey for a special occasion or you're in charge of the bird for Thanksgiving Day, you can learn to roast your turkey to tender, gleaming perfection. Consider this your go-to roast turkey guide, from dozens of roast turkey recipes to tips for preparing and carving it.

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Martha shares the details of a special Thanksgiving dinner showcased in “Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations.” The brown dining room at her home in Bedford, New York, was chock-full of turkeys: versions in gold, cranberry, and cornbread, plus the real thing -- a roasted heritage breed, Bourbon Red.

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This traditional holiday bird brings much more to the table than just great taste. Turkey breast packs more protein than chicken breast or trimmed top loin beefsteak with just 1 gram of fat per 3-ounce serving, and it contains selenium, which may help prevent certain cancers and heart disease. Per serving: 728 calories, 89 g protein; 38 g fat; 2 g carb; 0 g fiber

recipe

Dry-brining a turkey ensures a moist and seasoned bird that also takes up less space in the refrigerator than a wet-brined one. Don't dry-brine a kosher (previously salted) turkey; the result will be too salty.