Thanksgiving Cooking How-Tos

Hosting Thansgiving dinner for the first time or looking to mix things up? Dot your i's and cross your t's with our Thanksgiving Cooking How-Tos! Find tips on how to best prep and carve a turkey, how to plan a menu, tablesetting and seating ideas, Thanksgiving crafts, and more.

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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.

How to Make Stuffing

As you read through our downloadable turkey tutorial for tips on the perfect bird, follow this general formula for stuffing: Mix a dry base such as day-old bread with sauteed vegetables, herbs, and seasonings; then add a binder such as stock or eggs, and gently toss.

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.

Why You Should Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey Upside Down

This is one instance where flipping the bird is right, not rude. Here, we make a case for cooking your turkey breast-side down and show you how.

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.
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How to Make Easy Turkey Stock

Before Thanksgiving, follow our step-by-step guide and prepare a homemade batch of turkey stock to use for a rich pan gravy. Be sure to save the turkey bones from that delicious turkey you made using our exclusive downloadable turkey guide.

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Eat vs. Freeze

Quick to toss those leftovers at the end of a holiday meal? Wait -- with some strategy and creativity, superb meals await. But which dishes will hold up in the freezer and which should be enjoyed immediately? Our food editors settle the ultimate dish debate in Eat vs. Freeze -- Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition.