Turkey 101

Even experienced cooks become nervous when it's time to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey. Let us help relieve the pressure with our delectable recipes and information on how to cook a turkey to make Thanksgiving dinner a success.

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    What Size to Buy

    When choosing the size of turkey for your Thanksgiving gathering:

    • Allow 1 pound per adult for turkeys under 12 pounds
    • Allow 3/4 pound per adult for turkeys over 12 pounds
    • For boneless turkey breasts, allow 1/2 pound per adult
    • If you want leftovers, buy a turkey 2-4 pounds larger than you need

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    Honey Roast Turkey

    Add big flavor to the starring dish on your Thanksgiving table with silky-sweet honey and abundant fresh herbs. Serve your delicious turkey with tangy-sweet Apple Cider Sauce instead of traditional gravy for an updated twist.

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    How to Carve a Turkey

    Watch our technique for carving a turkey.

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    Timing Guidelines for Stuffed Turkeys

    We recommend roasting turkeys in a 325-degree-F oven using these timing guidelines:

    • For an 8- to 12-pound turkey, roast 3 to 3-3/4 hours
    • For a 12- to 14-pound turkey, roast 3-1/4 to 4-1/2 hours
    • For a 14- to 18-pound turkey, roast 4 to 5 hours
    • For an 18- to 20-pound turkey, roast 4-1/2 to 5-1/4 hours
    • For a 20- to 24-pound turkey, roast 4-3/4 to 5-3/4 hours

    Note: For unstuffed turkeys of the same weight, reduce total cooking time by 15 to 45 minutes.

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    Apple Brandy and Sage Glazed Turkey

    A simple and sweet herbed glaze adds delicious fruit and brandy flavors to your Thanksgiving turkey. Use an apple variety such as Jonathan or Granny Smith for unbeatable tangy-sweet flavor.

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    Roast Turkey with Sweet Onion Jam

    A sensational jam of tart apple, sweet onion, and roasted garlic contributes amazing flavor to a traditional roast turkey. Brushing on the jam during roasting forms a delicious crust, adding great texture contrast to the juicy turkey.

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    How to Cook a Turkey with Herbs

    Give your turkey big flavor using herbs. We'll show you how to do it.

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    Stuffing Secrets

    Stuffings require three elements:

    • Starch -- bread, rice, or potatoes
    • Liquid -- broth, wine, or liquor
    • Additions -- herbs, fruits, meats, seafood, and/or veggies

    Create your own:

    • Each pound of uncooked turkey requires 3/4 cup stuffing
    • For every 1 cup starch, add about 2 tablespoons liquid

    Safe stuffing:

    • Always mix stuffing just before stuffing and roasting the bird -- do not stuff in advance
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    How to Make Bread Cubes for Stuffing

    Watch how easy it is to make homemade bread cubes to use for stuffings.

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    Chorizo Corn Bread Stuffing

    Festive cranberries make a welcome appearance in this Southern-inspired stuffing recipe. Cook each serving in its own casserole dish for a special, holiday-worthy presentation.

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    Oysters Rockefeller Sourdough Stuffing

    With the flavors of the classic New Orleans dish, this stuffing is rich and decadent -- with a healthy dose of spinach for good measure.

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    Challah Stuffing with Fennel and Dried Fruit

    Buttery challah, fresh fennel, sweet dried fruit, and crunchy walnuts are perfectly balanced in this festive stuffing reminiscent of bread pudding.

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    Great Green Bean Recipes

    Whether you're scooping up a side of green bean casserole or munching on a crisp green bean salad, green beans add classic flavor, color, and nutrients to your meal. Change up your usual green bean routine with some of our fresh green bean recipes -- you won't be disappointed!
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