Order your turkey far enough in advance to make sure you get a fresh, rather than frozen, bird. Buy it from someone whom you trust, as lying about whether a bird has ever been frozen is common. It makes sense to buy a bird that's larger than you need so you'll have plenty left over for sandwiches, creamed turkey, soup, and the like. Take the bird out of the refrigerator 3 to 4 hours before it is scheduled to go in the oven. A room-temperature turkey will roast more quickly and evenly. 
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Golden Cider-Roasted Turkey
As this turkey roasts to a rich golden brown, it fills the kitchen with the enticing aroma of apples and leeks, which roast along with it. Cider, used to baste the bird and also in the scrumptious sauce, adds a fresh, fruity accent to this roasted fowl. The recipe calls for a 14-pound bird, perfect for serving eight with leftovers.Use this leftover turkey, with its slight hint of sweetness, for sandwiches made with whole-wheat bread, lots of Dijon mustard, farmhouse Cheddar, and a good dollop of cranberry chutney or sauce.For Turkey 35 Ways Gallery, click here.
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Roast Turkey with Spice Rub
This simple technique from Butterball is an easy way to spice up your Thanksgiving turkey. Click Here to See More Thanksgiving Recipes
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Basic Turkey
Try a recipe search for ‘Turkey’ on any food site and you’ll find this holiday bird brined, fried, grilled, roasted, buttered, truffle-stuffed, duck fat-rubbed, or seasoned in endless ways. But where’s the easy, straightforward recipe?  Most chefs will tell you that a good-quality product doesn’t need much work; in fact, the less you do, the more it will stand out. That's also what we believe here at The Daily Meal. It’s fun to experiment and try new recipes, but sometimes simple wins.   So we turned to chef-instructor Sabrina Sexton for a basic turkey recipe. No fancy tricks, no crazy rubs, just an easy way to cook a good-quality bird. - Yasmin Fahr
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Herb Roasted Turkey
Thanksgiving is hands-down my favorite holiday. Bar Americain is open each year for Thanksgiving, and we typically serve about 600 people before the day is over. No matter how many wonderful selections we offer on the abbreviated holiday menu, without fail turkey is the biggest seller — partly because people love it and partly, I think, out of a sense of tradition. This is the turkey that I serve at Bar Americain, with only the dressing and sides changing from year to year. 
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For the traditionalists, sometimes all you want is a simple roasted turkey. We chose Freddy Vargas', of James Beard Award-winning Scarpetta in Beverly Hills, herb roasted turkey. He knows how to add flavor to a bird without overdoing it, with a brine of toasted spices and flavorful spice rub under the skin for roasting.
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This is the turkey. I’ve been perfecting this for many years now. I must say, it is a showstopper, and delicious to boot, because I treat it well. I send my turkey to a bacon spa. It gets a salt scrub, a bacon butter deep tissue massage, a hand-woven bacon spa robe, some time in the sauna and a little tanning to finish it off.
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Roasted Turkey Tenderloins
In the mood for a holiday meal, but can't wait until the big day? Try making turkey tenderloins for dinner. This roasted turkey tenderloin recipe takes one third of the time of a big Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey, but promises to have all of the flavors. This savory dish is all you need for a mini holiday dinner. Guy Fieri's Bacon-Roasted Turkey recipe.For our 101 best Thanksgiving recipes click here.
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Turkey Breast
Sumac, if you are unfamiliar with it, is a Middle Eastern ground dried berry that is slightly tart and is often used as a replacement for lemon. You can find it online or at most spice shops or speciality food markets.  — Yasmin Fahr Amanda Simpson, from the website and cookbook Food Porn Daily, loves to pair this exotically spiced turkey breast with the Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe.
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Roast Turkey
The secret to this exceptional bird is an old-fashioned, inexpensive, enameled metal oval roaster with a lid, found in most supermarkets. It simultaneously roasts and braises the turkey, so the meat stays moist even as it cooks quickly. Uncover the pan at the end to crisp the skin. This recipe has been adapted from the 2011 Gourmet Live Holiday Special Edition.
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Winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars, chef Richard Blais developed this roasted turkey recipe for Dannon using their Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt. If you can’t get your hands on Dannon, any Greek yogurt will do. The yogurt-based glaze makes the perfect basting liquid and gives a sweet, tangy flavor to the turkey’s skin.
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Apple-Shallot Roasted Turkey
Roasting the herb-rubbed turkey with apples and shallots is the secret to flavorful meat. Extra shallots in the roasting pan give the gravy a rich, caramelized shallot flavor.
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