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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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A technique passed down from generations—drenching cheesecloth in melted butter and oil, then draping the cloth over the turkey before roasting—helps give the bird beautiful golden-brown skin. The technique also results in juicy, moist breast meat.—Jeanne Horn, Duluth, Minnesota
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Chai Turkey

Chai Turkey

Chai Turkey

A chai tea mix is the tasty base for this brined turkey. The result is a slightly cinnamon and clove flavor that appeals to all palates. —Amanda Boe, Lakeville, Minnesota

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.

Sage-Rubbed Roast Turkey

Sage-Rubbed Roast Turkey

Sage-Rubbed Roast Turkey

A savory sage rub and delicious moist stuffing make this traditional turkey a mouthwatering master piece for dinner. Family and friends can't help but ooh and aah when this show stopping entree with its crispy golden crust is set on the holiday table.—Peggy West, Georgetown, Delaware
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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.

Brown Rice 'n' Apple Stuffed Turkey

Brown Rice 'n' Apple Stuffed Turkey

Brown Rice 'n' Apple Stuffed Turkey

Mouthwatering flavors of autumn permeate this lovely stuffing concocted by our Test Kitchen home economists. Apple bits and plump raisins add fruity flavor to the brown rice.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Turkey with Apple Stuffing

Turkey with Apple Stuffing

Turkey with Apple Stuffing

The accompanying foolproof gravy recipe is one I created in an attempt to copy my mom's own rich gravy.

Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Rosemary Roasted Turkey

Our home economists perch a turkey on top of whole onions, which can be served alongside the carved bird. The pairing of white wine and rosemary creates a mouth-watering gravy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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

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

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

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
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