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Thanksgiving Turkey

Whether stuffed, roasted, brined, glazed or grilled, prepare the perfect Thanksgiving turkey with these family-favorite recipes. Your holiday spread will look, smell and taste better than ever with these variations on the star of Thanksgiving dinner.

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Cider-Brined Turkey

My family had been going through some rough times, and when we were finally able to get together for Thanksgiving one year, I made this turkey. It brings back such good memories of joyful family gatherings. —Nicole Keller, Waterford, Pennsylvania
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Herb-Glazed Turkey

Herb-Glazed Turkey

Herb-Glazed Turkey

Honey and corn syrup blend with savoy herbs and seasonings to give turkey a slightly sweet flavor. This tried-and-true recipe never fails to win me compliments.

Herb-Brined Turkey

Herb-Brined Turkey

Herb-Brined Turkey

For an impressive main course, look here. The moist, flavorful bird will have guests counting the minutes until carving time. — Scott Rugh, Portland, Oregon

Maple-Butter Turkey with Gravy

Maple-Butter Turkey with Gravy

Maple-Butter Turkey with Gravy

Thyme, sage and marjoram blend beautifully with apple cider and maple syrup in this recipe from our Test Kitchen. The maple butter can be prepared 1 to 2 days in advance.
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Pear Stuffing for Turkey

Pear Stuffing for Turkey

Pear Stuffing for Turkey

I find this to be a delicious change from the usual Southern-style dressing served around here. I found the recipe in one of my mother's old cookbooks.

Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

The combination of sweet, savory, crunchy and spicy ingredients makes a fabulous stuffed turkey that's become a tradition at our Thanksgiving dinner. Leftover stuffing can be a meal in itself. —Keri Scofield Lawson, Fullerton, California

Orange-Glazed Turkey

Orange-Glazed Turkey

Orange-Glazed Turkey

I've used this recipe for our Thanksgiving meal for years. Everyone loves the flavor the orange marmalade gives the turkey.

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Brazilian-Syle Turkey with Ham

Grilled is a different and fun way to prepare whole turkey. My mom has served this main dish for special occasions, "Christmas in July" and weddings at her home.

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

Always-Tender Roasted Turkey

For years I prepared my Thanksgiving turkey only to have it turn out dry. That's when I decided to give this recipe a try. Baking the bird in an oven bag keeps it moist and tender...and there's no basting involved.—Shirley Bedzis, San Diego, California

Herbed Turkey

Herbed Turkey

Herbed Turkey

The aroma of this turkey roasting in the oven is simply wonderful. Better yet, the meat turns out moist and delicious.—Mary Lou Timpson, Colorado City, Arizona

Rolled-Up Turkey

Rolled-Up Turkey

Rolled-Up Turkey

Whenever I think of this appealing rolled turkey filled with Mom's moist cornbread stuffing, I can almost smell the aroma of it baking in the oven. It's delicious!

Sausage-Pecan Turkey Stuffing

Sausage-Pecan Turkey Stuffing

Sausage-Pecan Turkey Stuffing

Ever since I first tried this, I've never made another stuffing. The sausage and pecans really give it a different flavor. Our home is on 20 acres where we have hay and horses—my husband, our two children, (8 and 6) and I ride a lot.
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