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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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Brining a turkey is all about adding moisture for a tender, juicy bird. We flavor our brine with parsley, rosemary and a touch of thyme. —Felicia Saathoff, Vashon, Washington
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Maple-Sage Brined Turkey

Maple-Sage Brined Turkey

Maple-Sage Brined Turkey

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

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

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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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

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

Roasted Wild Turkey

Roasted Wild Turkey

Roasted Wild Turkey

Since we have avid hunters in our family. I will quite often prepare game. Once it's stuffed with apples and topped with a unique combination of sauces, this wild bird requires no basting and cooks up nice and moist.

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.

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

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.

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

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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