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Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Roasted Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving

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Looking for a great recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey? Here are my favorite roast turkey recipes. A special family dinner or holiday meal deserves a very special bird, and these are some of my favorites.

1. Brined Turkey Breast

Brined Turkey Breast
Brined Turkey Breast Image © Diana Rattray
Brine makes this turkey breast more flavorful and tender.

2. Basic Roast Turkey

Basic Roast Turkey
Photo of Basic Roast Turkey © Diana Rattray
I used fresh sage leaves to make this basic roasted turkey look extra-special, but basil leaves could be substituted.

3. Herb Roasted Turkey

Herb Roasted Turkey
Herb Roasted Turkey Image © Diana Rattray
Turkey is roasted 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.

4. Orange Glazed Turkey Breast

Orange Glazed Turkey Breast
Orange Glazed Turkey Breast Image © Diana Rattray
This flavorful turkey breast is compact and delicious, and it's perfect for a small family. Or, roast this turkey breast for the great sandwiches and leftovers you'll have for a few days.

5. Basic Brine for Turkey

Basic Brine for Turkey
Easy Turkey Brine Image © Diana Rattray
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.

6. Roast Turkey With Giblet Gravy

Roast Turkey With Giblet Gravy
Roast Turkey With Giblet Gravy Image © Diana Rattray
You can glaze this turkey with a plum or red currant jelly glaze the last 20 minutes of roasting time.

7. Turkey With Herb Butter and Maple Glaze

Turkey With Herb Butter and Maple Glaze
Turkey Image © Diana Rattray
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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