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
This delicious savory turkey tucked in homemade buns will steal the show at any potluck or family reunion, promises LaVonne Hegland in St. Michael, Minnesota. “It’s been a huge hit at football dinners, graduation parties and more.“
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.
I created this superb Mushroom and Onion Stuffing for turkey and it became a family favorite almost overnight. The blend of fresh mushrooms, onions, wine, and half-and-half provide a unique addition to the traditional bread stuffing.—James Hayes, Ridgecrest, California
I prepare turkey with a taste of Canada in mind. The sweet maple flavor comes through even in the breast meat. You may start to notice it's caramelized color after about 2 hours. That's when I cover it loosely with foil while it finishes cooking. The meat will stay tender and juicy. —Suzanne Anctil, West Vancouver, British Columbia
I like to bake my turkey a little different every year, so I came up with an orange mixture to rub under the skin. It gives the meat a delicate orange flavor that tastes even better the next day. —Brenda Brooks, Bowie, Maryland
It's easy for flavors to get lost when using too many seasonings together. When in doubt, a simple combination of butter and fresh thyme captures the essence of Thanksgiving for a classic turkey dinner. —Alma Winberry, Great Falls, Montana
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