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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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Maple-Sage Brined Turkey

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When the leaves start turning color, it’s turkey time at our house. We use maple-sage brine to help brown the bird and make the meat incredibly juicy. —Kim Forni, Laconia, New Hampshire
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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.

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

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
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Roasted Sage Turkey with Vegetable Gravy

Roasted Sage Turkey with Vegetable Gravy

Roasted Sage Turkey with Vegetable Gravy

There’s no place like home-style when roasting the big bird. Instead of sage stuffing with turkey, stuff this bird with fresh sage and sprigs of thyme. — Beth Jacobson, Taste of Home Magazine, Milwaukee, WI

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!

Happy Orange Turkey

Happy Orange Turkey

Happy Orange Turkey

Here’s the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast. Champagne and oranges flavor this special bird. Our tester called it “one of my favorite turkey recipes ever!” —Tara Baier, Menomonie, Wisconsin

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.

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

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

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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