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.

What Size to Buy

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

Honey Roast Turkey

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.

How to Carve a Turkey

How to Carve a Turkey

Watch our technique for carving a turkey.

Timing Guidelines for Stuffed Turkeys

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.

Apple Brandy and Sage Glazed Turkey

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.

Roast Turkey with Sweet Onion Jam

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.

How to Cook a Turkey with Herbs

How to Cook a Turkey with Herbs

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

Stuffing Secrets

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
How to Make Bread Cubes for Stuffing

How to Make Bread Cubes for Stuffing

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

Chorizo Corn Bread Stuffing

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.

Oysters Rockefeller Sourdough Stuffing

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.

Challah Stuffing with Fennel and Dried Fruit

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.