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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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Rubs really have a way of locking in the flavor of meats. Here a wonderful blend of seasonings makes turkey extraordinary.—Twila Burkholder, Middleburg, Pennsylvania
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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.

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.

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
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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

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

Citrus-Rosemary Rubbed Turkey

Citrus-Rosemary Rubbed Turkey

Citrus-Rosemary Rubbed Turkey

While recovering from hip surgery, I wrote my family for some of their favorite recipes to compile into a cookbook. This seasoned turkey is timeless. —Della Stamp, Long Beach, 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.

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

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.

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.

Classic Stuffed Turkey

Classic Stuffed Turkey

Classic Stuffed Turkey

"For years, my mother has stuffed a holiday turkey with this moist dressing," comments Kathi Graham of Naperville, Illinois. "Now I do the same thing. Its special flavor nicely compliments the tender, juicy slices of oven-roasted turkey."
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