10 Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Whether it’s your first time cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey or if it’s your normal routine for the 3rd Thursday of November, the right recipe can really make the day special.   We scoured one of our favorite recipe website (delish.com) and grabbed our 10 favorite recipes to use this year.

Butter-Basted Roast Turkey

with Mushroom Gravy
  • 2 1/2 cup(s) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoon(s) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup(s) (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon(s) fresh-ground pepper
  • 2 sprig(s) fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon(s) fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig(s) fresh rosemary
  • 1  bay leaf
  • 1  (12-pound) fresh turkey, rinsed and patted dry
  • 6  carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3  onions, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup(s) red wine
  • 1/2 pound(s) assorted wild mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon(s) minced fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice

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Apricot-Glazed Turkey

with Fresh Herb Gravy

Turkey

  • 1  (16-pound) fresh turkey
  • 1 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1  lemon, halved
  • 6 clove(s) garlic, crushed
  • 6 large thyme springs
  • 4 large rosemary sprigs
  • 4 large sage sprigs
  • 1  fresh bay leaf

Glaze

  • 3/4 cup(s) apricot jam
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon(s) grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) finely chopped sage
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Gravy

  • 3 cup(s) turkey stock, chicken stock, or low-sodium broth
  • 4 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon(s) finely chopped sage
  • 1 teaspoon(s) chopped thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

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Citrus-Marinated Turkey

Brined Turkey

  • 1 gallon(s) water
  • 2 cup(s) apple cider
  • 2 cup(s) kosher salt
  • 2 cup(s) sugar
  • 1  (15-pound) fresh turkey, giblets and neck reserved

Marinade

  • 10 clove(s) roasted garlic (see Tips & Techniques)
  • 10 clove(s) raw garlic
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoon(s) vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup(s) fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup(s) cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup(s) kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoon(s) fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoon(s) dried oregano
  • 3  chipotles in adobo
  • 2 tablespoon(s) annatto paste (see Tips & Techniques)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground allspice

Turkey

  • 9 cup(s) chicken or turkey stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • Reserved turkey giblets and neck, liver discarded
  • 3  shallots, coarsely chopped
  • 2  carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2  celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 1  onion, coarsely chopped
  • 10 clove(s) roasted garlic (see Tips & Techniques)
  • 8  black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

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Southwestern Rubbed Turkey

  • 2 tablespoon(s) smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoon(s) plus 2 cups water, divided
  • 1  (12-pound) turkey, giblets removed

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Herb-Roasted Turkey

  • 1  (10-to-12 pound turkey) turkey
  • 1/4 cup(s) fresh herbs, plus 20 whole sprigs, such as thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano and/or marjoram, divided
  • 2 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • Aromatics: , onion, apple, lemon and/or orange, cut into 2-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cup(s) water, plus more as needed

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Apple-Shallot Roasted Turkey

  • 1  10- to 12-pound turkey
  • 2 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh parsley, plus 3 sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh sage, plus 3 sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh thyme, plus 3 sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pound(s) shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise, divided
  • 1  tart green apple, quartered
  • 3 cup(s) water, plus more as needed

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Roast Turkey

with Wild Mushroom Gravy
  • 1  (14-pound) fresh or frozen (thawed) turkey
  • 1  lemon
  • 1 cup(s) (loosely packed) fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup(s) (loosely packed) fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon(s) fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium stalk celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 small onions, each cut into quarters
  • 2 small onions, each cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoon(s) margarine or butter
  • 8 ounce(s) sliced white mushrooms
  • 6 ounce(s) sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 4 ounce(s) sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup(s) dry white wine
  • 1 can(s) (14- to 14.5-ounce) chicken broth (up to 2 cans, if needed)
  • 1/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • Fresh herbs and fruit for garnish

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Lemon-Garlic Roast Turkey

and White-Wine Gravy
  • 10 clove(s) garlic, divided
  • 1/2 cup(s) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup(s) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup(s) kosher salt
  • 1  (12-pound) natural or organic turkey
  • 1/4 cup(s) freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup(s) packed fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup(s) dry white wine or dry vermouth
  • 1 can(s) (14-ounce) reduced-sodium chicken broth

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Roast Turkey

with Pears and Onions
  • 1  (14-pound) fresh or frozen (thawed) turkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) dried thyme
  • 2 large red onions, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 3  ripe Bosc pears , each cored and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon(s) margarine or butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup(s) water

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Smoked-Paprika-Rubbed Turkey

with Madeira and Shallot Gravy
  • 1  (14- to 16-pound) turkey
  • 1/4 cup(s) Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup(s) kosher salt
  • 1 stick(s) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cup(s) Corn Bread and Sausage Stuffing
  • 8 cup(s) turkey stock
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup(s) sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup(s) Madeira

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