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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.

Turkey Apple Stuffing

Turkey Apple Stuffing

Turkey Apple Stuffing

Complementing your golden bird, the well-seasoned bread stuffing is sparked by a festive sweetness from apples and raisins. It's a staple on our holiday menu. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Turkey with Festive Fruit Stuffing

Turkey with Festive Fruit Stuffing

Turkey with Festive Fruit Stuffing

Apples, cranberries and raisins make every bite of this stuffing moist and fruity. A dear friend shared the recipe with me years ago.

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.
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Barded Turkey with Corn Bread Stuffing

Barded Turkey with Corn Bread Stuffing

Barded Turkey with Corn Bread Stuffing

As a newlywed, I didn't know much about roasting a turkey. Then our pastor, an excellent cook, told me about barding - placing or tying bacon on the turkey to prevent drying during roasting. The fat bastes the turkey while it cooks, keeping it moist and adding flavor.

Seasoned Roast Turkey

Seasoned Roast Turkey

Seasoned Roast Turkey

Rubbing the skin with melted butter keeps this simply seasoned turkey moist and tender.

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

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 Sausage-Corn Bread Stuffing

Turkey with Sausage-Corn Bread Stuffing

Turkey with Sausage-Corn Bread Stuffing

Complement your bird with this savory stuffing from June Kathrein of Delta, Colorado. “I’ve made this recipe for many potlucks and church suppers, and everyone raves about it...even those who usually don’t like stuffing,” says June.

Apple & Herb Roasted Turkey

Apple & Herb Roasted Turkey

Apple & Herb Roasted Turkey

My daughter loves to help me make this moist, herb roasted turkey. Her job is to hand Mommy the ingredients—if she doesn't eat them first! —Kimberly Jackson, Gay, Georgia

Grilled Apple-Brined Turkey

Grilled Apple-Brined Turkey

Grilled Apple-Brined Turkey

Producing a juicy amber-colored turkey infused with flavor is possible with this apple juice-based brine. You won't regret planning for the long marinating time. This uncommonly tasty turkey is worth every minute. —Trudy Williams, Shannonville, Ontario

Lemon-Herb Roasted Turkey

Lemon-Herb Roasted Turkey

Lemon-Herb Roasted Turkey

Lemon and thyme are the predominant flavors in this golden, tender and moist turkey that has just six ingredients. It's so easy, we guarantee success! —Felicia Smith, Georgetown, Texas
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