Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey is synonymous with Thanksgiving dinner, and our recipes give you great ways to show off your bird. Whether you prefer your turkey stuffed with all the traditional trimmings, simply roasted, or spice-rubbed and BBQ'd, we have what you need for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

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Thanksgiving Turkey: Smart Storage

ShutterstockFor most people, buying a whole turkey happens only once, maybe twice, a year, and it can seem perplexing how to store the bird until you're ready to cook it. (If it seems big in the shopping cart, somehow it seems huge in your refrigerator!)If your turkey is frozen, plan on 2 to 4 days to defrost the bird in the refrigerator on a tray to catch any drips.

Thanksgiving Turkey: Hooked on Classics

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there is really one true star of the show: the turkey. And though it can be fun to play with different cooking methods and ingredients, there's something to be said for playing it straight. After all, guests are looking for a Thanksgiving roast turkey that's beautifully golden brown on the outside, plump and juicy on the inside.

Roast Turkey with Fresh Thyme Rub and Maple Glaze

Betty Crocker

Maple syrup adds sweetness to roast turkey infused with savory fresh thyme.

Total: 4 hrs 35 mins

Roast Turkey with Lemon and Chives

Food & Wine

Grace Parisi blends ingredients into a butter that she rubs all over the turkey. In addition to this one with lemon, other creative ideas are Roast Turkey with Fried Sage and Pecans and Roast Turkey with Pickled Jalapeno-Paprika Gravy.

Total: 4 hrs 30 mins

Thanksgiving Turkey: Know Your Label Lingo

ShutterstockIs there anything that engenders as much anxiety in American cooks as the Thanksgiving turkey? Making a stunning centerpiece to the feast is a lot easier if you start with a quality product. Look for these labels to ensure a tasty bird.

10 Easy Recipes for Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

You say you're already tired of Thanksgiving turkey recipes? Then, listen up, my friends. Or "read up," if you will.

Herb Roasted Turkey


Baste turkey with herb-seasoned stock during roasting for a moist and delicious bird.

Total: 4 hrs 25 mins

Thanksgiving Trivia Challenge: Turkey Day Traditions

It's almost time for the big feast. We hope you have a list of everything to buy and a count-down plan, from the make-ahead side dishes on down to the Big Bird itself. If there is one American holiday that is more traditional than any other, Thanksgiving must be it.

Roast Turkey with Fried Sage and Pecans

Food & Wine

Grace Parisi blends ingredients into a butter that she rubs all over the turkey. In addition to this one with sage, other creative ideas are Roast Turkey with Lemon and Chives and Roast Turkey with Pickled Jalapeno-Paprika Gravy.

Total: 4 hrs 30 mins

Thanksgiving for Kids: Gobble Gobble Turkey

Let's face it: what's Thanksgiving for kids? Trick-or-treating is long over, and Santa's just a glimpse in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kids might not appreciate all the good food that'll be at your table, but you can still whip up a fun turkey that they (and maybe some adults) will enjoy!

Easy Thanksgiving-Themed Kids Dinner: "Turkey" Chili

The holidays are upon us, and it's time for turkeys, pumpkin pie, hot apple cider, bonfires on chilly nights and being grateful for family and friends. Speaking of chilly nights, here's a simple, hearty meal that will warm up a little one's tummy and bring a smile to his or her face! What You'll Need:chili (turkey chili or not, your choice)cheese (both white cheese and yellow cheese)corn chips To Make "Turkey" Chili:Ladle chili into a bowl.

Thanksgiving Trivia Challenge: Let's Talk Turkey

The Big Day -- Thanksgiving -- is almost here at last. Hope you've gotten all the pumpkin pies baked and checked out our handy checklist of how to handle your Turkey Day schedule. Hey, it's not too late to make a few make-ahead dishes, saving tomorrow for just the turkey and stuffing.

Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey: What's the Secret?

The battle has been raging for weeks now -- and we've all been barraged with negative advertising, insistence that only one way is the right way, and the pervasive hope that if we just make the right choice, everything in the country will be perfect. I'm not talking about the election, Skippy. I'm talking about how to cook a turkey.

Roast Turkey Breast

Family Circle

Every day is a special occasion when you serve this roast turkey seasoned with lemon and Italian spices. Homemade gravy adds a special touch to this dinner recipe.

Creole Butter-Roasted Turkey

The Food Channel

This rich juicy Creole butter-roasted turkey, with a crispy golden brown skin, tastes incredible! Rubbing seasoned butter under the skin of the turkey before roasting ensures a moist, flavorful turkey.

Total: 4 hrs 15 mins

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Sides -- to Make the Turkey Blush!

Thanksgiving is a time when vegetarians may get homesick for their old ways. When a holiday revolves around one meal, and that meal revolves around something you can't eat, you can be forgiven for becoming a little melancholy. And a drab little slice of Tofurky isn't the answer.

Roast Turkey with Cranberry-Apple Glaze

Heart-Healthy Living

Fresh orange, onion, sage, and thyme are stuffed in the turkey as it roasts for this holiday recipe. A fruit glaze on the outside finishes off the turkey.

Thanksgiving Turkey  Recipes: Take your pick!
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