Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Tricks and Tips for Thanksgiving Turkey Recipies

Leaves have fallen and cooler weather signals everyone’s interest in delicious Thanksgiving foods, and for some – a little football as well. There are a number of ways to prepare your turkey and no shortage of available recipes, but what most people don’t know is that there are some practical and essential tips and tricks to keep in mind before you prepare you celebrate and before you start to prepare your Holiday feast. Before you butter-up, consider the following tips, tricks, and hacks for your Thanksgiving Turkey and your Thanksgiving celebration for a little extra enjoyment of your dinner and your experience.

It’s not the end of the world, so try a Springtime Thanksgiving.

Burned the turkey? Did you oversalt the mashed potatoes? Did the Cowboys lose, again, on Thanksgiving day? Did a fight break out with your in-laws? Were you stuck in traffic or an airport, unable to make it home? It’s not the end of the world. Consider starting a new off-season tradition for celebrating Thanksgiving in the spring with your closest friends.

Will Your Turkey Fit Your Oven?

I know from real-world experience that an 8 pound to 20 pound Turkey might not fit in your oven. Don’t wait to be surprised on Thanksgiving day. Instead, treat your guests to two 12 pound Turkeys prepared in different styles and flavors
Whatever you do– always remember to give the


time to thaw– and take in the wonderful aroma while it cooks.

‘Ina’s Perfect Roast Turkey’

Barefoot Contessa,



  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1


    zested and juiced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 fresh turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 whole



  • 1 Spanish



  • 1 head


    halved crosswise


  • Prep: 50 minutes
  • Cook: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 8

Directions at Food Network

Instructional Video at Food Network



‘Turkey with Brown Sugar Glaze’

Martha Stewart, Martha



  • 1 whole turkey (12 pounds)
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup (1/2) stick unsalted butter
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange


  • 2 tablespoons orange juice


Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 45 minutes

Servings: 10

Directions at


‘Bourbon-Glazed Turkey with Pearl Onion Giblet Gravy’

Tanya Holland,



  • 1 turkey, (15 pounds)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups



  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1 bunch sage
  • 3 pounds ice cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 stick + 2 tablespoons unsalted



  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 12-ounce bag


    pearl onions

  • 3 cups turkey stock or

    low sodium

    chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons all-


  • 1/4 cup mashed roasted garlic


Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 3 hours 30 minutes + overnight brining
Servings: 12

Now that you’ve found your recipe, sit back and relax. Take a deep breath of the crisp fall air and figure out just what it is you are thankful for this holiday season.