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Top Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving

You can’t go wrong with these recipes for moist, juicy turkey
Featured in our 2017 Thanksgiving Guide
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Whether you stick to a classic roasted turkey for Thanksgiving, or you like to spice up your holiday meal, we’ve got you covered. Here, you’ll find a collection of top-rated turkey recipes, from simple to elaborate, guaranteed to turn out platter-worthy, succulent turkey with golden, crisp skin that everybody at the table will love.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Turkey

    New for 2012: Don't be deterred by the number of ingredients or steps here; they're worth it. Initially brined in a cider-spice mixture, this turkey is rubbed with butter, honey, and a BBQ spice rub. Then, it's wrapped in bacon and smoked on the grill for a holiday meal unlike any you've had so far.
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    Roasted Turkey with Juniper-Ginger Butter & Pan Gravy

    You’ll want to start the brining process for this showstopper a day ahead. Brining the turkey and rubbing an intensely flavored butter under the skin before roasting guarantees a juicy bird.
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    Herb-Butter Roasted Turkey with Pinot Noir Gravy

    This turkey is slathered with a delicious herb butter that makes it incredibly flavorful and succulent. To ensure maximum juiciness, it’s brined several hours in water, salt, and lots of aromatics, infusing the turkey with flavor.
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    Brined Roast Turkey with Sage Butter Rub

    You can’t beat brining for turning out a moist, juicy turkey. This one gets a sage butter massage before a light coating of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt are applied to the skin to help make it golden and crispy.
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    Dried Apricot & Date Stuffed Turkey Breast with Marsala Glaze

    Having an intimate holiday? A boneless turkey breast stuffed with sweet, nutty flavors is perfect for a small Thanksgiving dinner.
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    Dry-Rubbed Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy

    Thanksgiving turkey doesn't get more classic (or simple) than this. This bird is seasoned with a generous salt rub, then sits in the fridge overnight.

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    Pimentón & Fennel Roast Turkey with Onion Gravy

    This roast turkey may be one of the most succulent and unusual you’ve ever tasted. The butter is flavored with smoked paprika and toasted ground fennel seed, and the turkey roasts away on a bed of onions, which brown slowly, bathing in the glossy pan drippings.
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    Turkey Roulade with Apple-Cider Gravy

    This golden brown turkey breast has a moist pecan-and-cranberry-studded stuffing rolled inside. Relish in the “oohs” and “aahs” as you reveal the beautiful spiral intertwining of tender turkey and savory stuffing.
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    Fresh Herb and Salt-Rubbed Roasted Turkey

    A dry brine (an herb and salt rub applied directly to the turkey) creates satiny leg meat and juicy, perfectly seasoned breast meat. Air-drying the turkey after the brining process will make its skin super crisp when roasted.
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    Maple-Brined, Wood-Smoked Grilled Turkey

    Who says you have to roast your Thanksgiving turkey? After smoking your turkey on the grill, one reader warns, “You'll never cook your turkey any other way again!”
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    Turkey Thighs Stuffed with Porcini, Sausage, and Artichoke Hearts

    When you look beyond the expected, fall's favorite fowl becomes an even more exciting and versatile proposition. Here, the flavorful thighs are stuffed with porcini, sausage, and artichoke hearts. Not exactly your traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but still oh, so good.
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