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Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

How to brine, roast and serve the perfect bird.

Soy-Sauce-and-Honey-Glazed Turkey (photo at right)

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

  • Bourbon-Glazed Turkey with Pearl Onion Giblet Gravy

    Chef Tanya Holland's secret for a turkey with juicy meat and nicely lacquered skin: Brine the bird overnight, and then baste it frequently with a bourbon-brown sugar glaze as it roasts.

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    Bourbon-Glazed Turkey with Pearl Onion Giblet Gravy
  • Apple Cider-Braised Turkey Drumsticks

    Braising drumsticks is as simple as roasting a whole bird and the gravy is equally delicious, but there’s no worry of over-cooking, plus you can prepare the dish ahead and serve it whenever you are ready.

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    Apple Cider-Braised Turkey Drumsticks
  • Slow-Smoked Turkey with Cane Syrup-Coffee Glaze

    If you have a grill with a lid and a bag of hickory chips you can smoke a turkey. Braising the bird first in a mix of coffee, vinegar and cane syrup results in marvelously complex flavors.

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    Slow-Smoked Turkey with Cane Syrup-Coffee Glaze
  • Massaman-Curry Turkey Osso Buco

    Chef Lulzim Rexhepi of New York City’s Kittichai cuts turkey legs crosswise before simmering them in a delightful Thai red-curry sauce.

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    Massaman-Curry Turkey Osso Buco
  • Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey

    After rubbing this turkey with a bold and delicious mix of chile powder, cumin, sugar and herbs, Texas chef Tim Love blankets it with slices of salty, fatty pancetta, resulting in a supermoist and savory bird.

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    Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey
  • Perfect Roast Turkey

    Note that you'll need to brine this turkey for 10 to 12 hours before roasting it. Don’t worry if a small portion of the turkey is not submerged in the brine.

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    Perfect Thanksgiving Roast Turkey
How to Cook a Turkey
Expert Lessons

How to Cook a Turkey

Brined, dry-brined, deconstructed or deep-fried: Each chef's technique leads to a phenomenal bird.

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Disaster Relief

7 Ways to Save a Turkey

F&W Executive Food Editor Tina Ujlaki reveals the best ways to salvage your Thanksgiving dinner when common turkey disasters strike. Most importantly, remember this: “Gravy has a lot of magical powers,” says Ujlaki.

Expert Tips for Thanksgiving Turkey

Thomas Keller’s Unconventional Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Play Video
Thomas Keller Unconventional Roast Turkey Recipe
Mario Batali’s Brined Thanksgiving Turkey Play Video
Mario Batali Smoked-Baked-Crispy Brined Turkey
Andrew Zimmern’s Secret to Perfect Roast Turkey Play Video
Andrew Zimmern Secret to Perfect Roast Turkey
Michael Chiarello’s Pancetta-Wrapped Turkey Breast & Turkey Leg Osso Bucco Play Video
Michael Chiarello Italian-Inflected Thanksgiving Turkey
More Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes and Tips from Star Chefs Play Video
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