Exactly What You Need to Know About Cooking a Turkey for Thanksgiving
Mastering the turkey basics can be tricky. Even experienced cooks get nervous when it's time to prepare Thanksgiving's main entree. Let us relieve the pressure with our turkey recipes, Test Kitchen tips, and information on cooking a turkey that makes Thanksgiving dinner a success.
Must-Have Turkey Safety Tips
Cooking a large bird may feel like a daunting task but it doesn't need to be. Follow these Thanksgiving turkey safety tips to ensure your dinner comes out juicy, delicious, and safe to eat.
How Much Turkey Do I Need?
Whether you're hosting a crowd or planning a small family dinner, knowing how much turkey you'll need can help avoid mountains of leftovers or running short on meat. Get our best tips for buying a turkey and figuring out just how big of a bird you need.
How to Brine a Turkey
How to Roast a Turkey
How to Smoke a Turkey
How to Deep-Fry a Turkey
When deep-frying a turkey, it's crucial to keep safety in mind. While the crispy, juicy results are totally worth it, it's important to take a few precautions when working with hot oil. We'll break down the do's and don'ts of frying a whole turkey.
How to Make Stuffing
An essential part of how to prepare a turkey is the stuffing, of course! Always mix stuffing ingredients just before stuffing and roasting the bird—do not stuff in advance. Learn how to make stuffing in just a few simple steps.
How to Cook Turkey Breast
How to Cook Two Turkeys Together
Feeding a crowd but only have one oven? Don't stress! Here's how to cook two turkeys together so each roasts to juicy perfection. We're also sharing ideas for alternative cooking methods like smoking, grilling, and frying.
How to Stuff a Turkey
Stuffing a Thanksgiving turkey takes just a bit of time and technique. We'll show you how to stuff a turkey including step-by-step photos and Test-Kitchen secrets. Once your stuffed turkey has roasted, we'll walk you through how to remove the stuffing for a picture-perfect presentation.
How to Make a Gorgeous Thanksgiving Turkey
Food stylist Rishon Hanners shares must-have tips and tricks for presenting a showstopping Thanksgiving turkey. Just a few simple steps will take your bird from ho-hum to truly memorable.
How Long to Cook a Stuffed Turkey
Juicy stuffed turkey is a Thanksgiving classic. However, it's important to cook the bird fully to ensure the stuffing is safe to eat. Our Test Kitchen shares just how long to cook a stuffed turkey for delicious (and safe!) results.
How to Cook Turkey in an Electric Roaster
When it comes to cooking Thanksgiving dinner, there are a lot of dishing vying for oven space. Help alleviate the demand by cooking your turkey in an electric roaster ($50, Walmart). We'll teach you our tricks for juicy turkey including how long your bird should cook.
How to Carve a Turkey
After you've successfully roasted the turkey, it's time to carve it and serve! Start by removing the drumsticks before moving on to breasts, wings, etc. We'll show you how to carve a Thanksgiving turkey with ease.
How to Make Turkey Gravy
Let's be honest, gravy makes everything better. We love spooning it over our turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. Serve up a classic turkey gravy in just 15 minutes with our helpful tips.
How to Make Turkey Ahead
Ease the stress of Thanksgiving entertaining by cooking your turkey ahead. Prep and prepare your roast turkey up to a day before serving. Reheat the meat in the oven and serve in just one hour of cook time.
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How to Defrost a Turkey
Often when you buy whole turkeys, they come partially frozen. Before cooking, you'll need to thaw your bird properly. Get our best tips for how to thaw a turkey in the fridge or sink.