Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Learn how to roast, carve, and serve the perfect Thanksgiving turkey this holiday season. First get tips on buying, storing, thawing, and prepping your bird for Thanksgiving dinner, then check out our foolproof recipes for turkey brines, rubs, and glazes. Looking for something unusual? We even have step-by-step instructions for how to deep-fry your turkey to golden perfection.

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How to Stuff and Prepare a Thanksgiving Turkey

The secret is there is no secret. This simple method yields a flavorful, moist Thanksgiving turkey every time: spread butter under the skin, stuff loosely, season generously, and truss the legs. Here's a step-by-step guide. For more on preparing a turkey, check out our downloadable, no-fuss guide.
By Laura Rege

Our Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Turkey for Thanksgiving

For a perfectly moist and tender turkey, follow these steps and download our full turkey guide for more tips and tricks on how to assure the bird is the star at your Thanksgiving table.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Properly Brining a Turkey

Giving your Thanksgiving bird a bath in salt water isn't complicated, but there a few things to know before you start the brining process. Here, we outline exactly how to brine a turkey for delicious results. Follow our instructions to prepare a perfectly brined turkey and download our complete turkey guide for more Thanksgiving tips.
By Lynn Andriani

Pan Gravy

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Maple-Glazed Turkey with Gravy

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This turkey's crunchy, sweet crust is the result of boiling down maple syrup until it's almost crystallized and then brushing it on the bird during the last hour of cooking.

Classic Brined and Roasted Turkey

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Brined to retain moisture, then basted with butter and wine while roasting, this turkey, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, is golden and juicy. The bird is brined for 24 hours, so leave plenty of time for this recipe. If you don't brine yours, skip steps one and two.

Turkey, Cheddar, and Green-Apple Sandwich

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 This nourishing turkey sandwich recipe is a genius use of Thanksgiving leftovers. Sliced roasted turkey is stacked between slices of cheddar, tart apple, and whole-grain bread.

Giblet Stock

Giblets, which are the heart, gizzard, and liver of turkeys and other fowl, along with the neck, can be used to make a rich stock for homemade gravy. The liver should be cooked separately before being added to the stock, or it will make it too bitter. To save time, you can make this stock while your turkey is roasting.

Turkey Monte Cristo

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If you like French toast and grilled cheese, you'll love a Monte Cristo. This sandwich is usually pan-fried, but baking it instead means you can use less butter and make several at the same time.

Stuffed Turkey Breast

This wonderful recipe for stuffed turkey breast is from "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" and makes a delicious dinner.

Stuffed Turkey Breast

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Learn how to make this delicious and impressive turkey main, which is filled with our Sausage and Sour-Cherry Stuffing. It's the perfect recipe to make for Thanksgiving in lieu of the traditional roast turkey.

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How to Spatchcock a Turkey for Thanksgiving

For juicy, evenly-cooked turkey with a crisp, golden brown skin, spatchcocking is the answer. In a little more than an hour, you can have a perfectly roasted 12-pound turkey. Here's a step-by-step guide, plus roasting tips, and advice on how to carve a spatchcocked bird. For more on this simple trick and other Thanksgiving tips, check out our latest and complete turkey guide, download here.

Learn How to Roast the Perfect Turkey with These Tips

For the perfect roast turkey this Thanksgiving, follow this step-by-step guide and download our complete turkey guide for more tips on making the perfect bird for your feast.

Perfectly Moist and Tender Turkey

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You only need three ingredients—plus salt and pepper—to create this perfect roast turkey. The secret is placing the bird over a buttered loaf of ciabatta bread, which helps the meat to cook evenly in the roasting pan.