Crowd-Pleasing Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

We give you five variations on the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table to bring you the best, perfectly moist turkey you'll ever taste.

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

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5 Variations on the Thanksgiving Turkey

"This is the best turkey I've ever tasted."

That's what you want to hear. But first ask yourself, "Do I want to roast a whole one again?" If so, we have the tips to turn out a truly moist bird. But if guests are ready for something a bit different, read on ...

Maple-Cider Brined Turkey with Bourbon-Cider Gravy Recipe

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Maple-Cider Brined Turkey with Bourbon-Cider Gravy

If guests expect the ritual carving at the head of the table, opt for a classic whole presentation, like Maple-Cider Brined Turkey with Bourbon-Cider Gravy. This recipe provides rich seasonal maple and cider flavor, and perfect juiciness from the brine. Tip: Use your largest stockpot for brining the bird, or a brining bag.

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Braised Turkey Roulade with Pancetta, Shallots, and Porcini Gravy Recipe

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Braised Turkey Roulade with Pancetta, Shallots, and Porcini Gravy

This pretty entrée is a perfect dish for an elegant holiday dinner and certainly simpler to carve than a whole turkey. The combination of shallots and porcini soaking liquid creates a savory, earthy gravy.

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Slow-Roasted Turkey with Cream Gravy Recipe

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Slow-Roasted Turkey with Cream Gravy

If you're cooking for real turkey aficionados, take the cheffy route to perfection: Cut the bird into parts and slow roast them, basting with a touch of cream, which gives you fantastically moist, rich meat, white and dark alike. If breaking down the turkey seems too advanced, have your butcher do it for you.

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Roasted Turkey with Rosemary-Garlic Butter Rub and Pan Gravy Recipe

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Roasted Turkey with Rosemary-Garlic Butter Rub and Pan Gravy

For making a show of the carving: This classic whole-roasted turkey is rubbed with butter and bright-tasting herbs.

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Smoke-Roasted Turkey Breast with Pomegranate-Thyme Glaze Recipe

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Smoke-Roasted Turkey Breast with Pomegranate-Thyme Glaze

Late November may not be prime time for grilling, but adding smoke and fire to the holiday bird is worth the momentary chill. Because this is a turkey breast (and not a whole bird), it cooks relatively quickly over an indirect fire, but it's still plenty big to feed a crowd.

View Recipe: Smoke-Roasted Turkey Breast with Pomegranate-Thyme Glaze

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