The crown jewel of your Thanksgiving table needs no special techniques, tools, or ingredients—just time in the oven. Our foolproof steps, a roasting pan, and a little patience will ensure your success. Pick the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving or holiday meal from our ultimate collection of roast turkey recipes. This collection of Thanksgiving turkey recipes features classic options like Roast Turkey with Truffle Gravy and tasty, unique spins like Lemon-Thyme Turkey. When roasting in the oven, the best way to monitor the turkey is with a leave-in thermometer. You won't have to open the door or lid to check, and no heat will escape.
Spice-Brined Turkey with Cider Pan Gravy
You can use a double layer of turkey brining bags, then keep the bagged turkey in a stockpot in the refrigerator to guard against punctures. Garnish the turkey with fresh herbs and apples, if desired. For more great variations on this roast turkey recipe try: Roast Turkey with Onion and Cranberry Chutney, Shallot and Sage-Roasted Turkey with Shallot Gravy.