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How to Cook a Turkey

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There are loads of ways to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving! Some cooks are looking for a fancy turkey recipe and others are just looking for a traditional recipe for their first turkey attempt. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to cook the bird to make you the star cook of Thanksgiving!

how to cook a turkey

Roasted Turkey

Step by Step Turkey Tutorial
If you are a newbie to cooking a Thanksgiving turkey, this step-by-step tutorial by The Kitchn is a perfect place to start! They even have a video on how to carve the turkey. You know we are BIG fans of videos! 🙂
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how to cook a turkey

Buttermilk-Brined Turkey

buttermilk brined turkey
Photo Credit: William Sonoma
Buttermilk-Brined Turkey
You only need 5 ingredients to make this melt-in-your-mouth Buttermilk-Brined Turkey by William Sonoma that is bursting with flavor. In case you don’t know what “brining” is – it is when you soaking the turkey in saltwater to produce the most tender, juicy meat.
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buttermilk brined turkey

 Barbecued Turkey

BBQ Turkey
Photo Credit: Martha Stewart
Summer’s Best Whole BBQ Turkey
If you insist on a BBQ flavor in your turkey, this Barbecued Turkey recipe by This West Coast Mommy will do the trick.
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BBQ Turkey

Citrus-Glazed Turkey with Chipotle Gravy

Citrus-Glazed Turkey with Chipotle Gravy
Photo Credit: Epicurious
Citrus-Glazed Turkey with Chipotle Gravy
Traditional flavors (honey and orange) and contemporary ones (cumin and chilies) come together in the glaze, to create the delicious Citrus-Glazed Turkey with Chipotle Gravy from Epicurious.
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Citrus-Glazed Turkey with Chipotle Gravy

Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze

Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze
Photo Credit: Paula Deen
Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze
Paula Deen has nailed it with this Roasted Turkey with Maple Cranberry Glaze. For an added bonus, it’s pretty easy to make!
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roasted turkey recipe

Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey

bacon wrapped turkey
Photo Credit: Food & Wine
Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey
We know there are bacon lovers out there that believe bacon is the answer to everything. This Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey Recipe from Food & Wine is for them!
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Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey

Roasted Beer-Brined Turkey with Onion Gravy and Bacon

Roasted Beer-Brined Turkey with Onion Gravy and Bacon
Photo Credit: Food and Wine
Roasted Beer-Brined Turkey with Onion Gravy and Bacon
This is a manly turkey if we’ve ever seen one! Beer, onion AND bacon? It’s a football-lovers dream!
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Roasted Beer-Brined Turkey with Onion Gravy and Bacon

Perfect Roast Turkey

Perfect roast turkey
Photo Credit: Food Network
Perfect Roast Turkey
If I were picking a turkey for my mother-in-law, this would probably be it! It it s butter-lover’s dream with an entire stick of butter needed to make this Perfect Roast Turkey by Food Network.
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perfect roast turkey

Apple-Brined Turkey

apple brined turkey
Photo Credit: Food & Wine
Apple Brined Turkey
If you are looking for a sweet Turkey, this Apple-Brined Turkey by Food & Wine is it! Kids will love this one too because the secret ingredient is apple juice!
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Apple Brined Turkey

Ultimate Turducken

ultimate turducken
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Ultimate Turducken
This one is a triple threat! When one bird just isn’t enough for your family, may we recommend the Turducken! It’s very trendy to stuff a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. Who knew, right?!? This Ultimate Turducken from Serious Eats may just be the best recipe out there.
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Turducken
Suntanned Turkey

Suntanned Turkey – For those families with a healthy sense of humor, this is an out-of-the-box turkey idea we found on The Whole Enchilada.

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