Pick the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving or holiday meal from our ultimate collection of roast turkey recipes.
1. Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy
This turkey is a pleasure to offer on your table. It's incredibly moist and flavorful, and it received our highest Test Kitchens rating. Brining is an overnight process, so if you're using a frozen turkey, be sure to thaw it well in advance. Choose turkey-sized plastic oven bags for brining the turkey. Use two bags to prevent brine from leaking, and place the turkey in a large stockpot as another precaution.
2. Roast Turkey with Truffle Gravy
High-heat roasting makes this bird browned and beautiful, and truffle-scented homemade gravy makes it an extra-special treat. The holidays are a time for indulgence, and since this recipe calls for only a few ingredients, use the best quality you can.
3. Turkey with Sausage, Apricot, and Sage Stuffing
Roasted turkey is an absolute must for any Thanksgiving, so if you're looking to shake things up a bit, the stuffing is a better place to start. Savory sausage (try hot Italian sausage if you like spicy) and sage, an herb that just tastes like Thanksgiving in any application, get a kick in the pants from sweet dried apricot, which provides contrast in both flavor and texture. Cooking the stuffing inside the turkey suffuses the meat with a subtle sage-and-apricot scent, but if you're uncomfortable doing that, just cook it in a separate pan.
4. Honey and Thyme-Brined Turkey Breast
Serving a small group this holiday? Try roasting just a whole bone-in breast, like in this recipe. Briefly boiling the thyme and black pepper in water extracts the flavor and helps infuse the brine. If the turkey starts to brown too fast, shield with aluminum foil. Serve with mashed red potatoes and roasted baby carrots.
5. Apple-Poblano Whole Roast Turkey
Our Apple-Poblano Whole Roast Turkey provides a fresh, new take on the holiday bird. We suggest pairing this updated roast turkey with Sausage and Sourdough Bread Stuffing and Citrus Green Beans with Pine Nuts.
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