The roast turkey is the quintessential main dish choice for most traditional Thanksgiving feasts. Here are the most popular and most-requested Thanksgiving turkey recipes and ideas, from whole roasted birds to brined turkey breast, split breasts, and slow cooker turkey.
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This whole turkey roasts to perfection with a mixture of herbs and olive oil under the skin and all over the bird. Use small amounts of dried herbs along with the fresh herbs for more flavor. I used fresh dill, rosemary, and chives, along with about 1/2 teaspoon each of dried leaf marjoram and thyme.
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This half turkey breast is the perfect size for a Thanksgiving dinner for two or three. Or roast the split breast for sandwiches or use the meat for casseroles.
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Brine adds flavor to this juicy whole turkey breast. Let the turkey breast soak in the brine overnight, and then rub it with some oil and basic seasonings before roasting.
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This flavorful turkey breast is compact and delicious, and it's perfect for a small family. Or, roast it for the excellent sandwiches and leftovers you'll have for a few days.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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A dry turkey is a big disappointment, and most people agree that a simple brine helps make a juicier, tastier holiday turkey. Water, salt, sugar, and herbs make up this basic, easy brine for turkey.
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You can glaze this classic turkey with a plum or red currant jelly glaze the last 20 minutes of roasting time.
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Here's a flavorful maple-glazed turkey for Sunday dinner or a special holiday meal. Serve this turkey with mashed potatoes, tossed salad, and your favorite side vegetable or vegetable casserole.
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Fresh herbs, apples, and vegetables flavor this juicy slow cooked turkey breast. The recipe is complete with instructions for making the gravy.