This season, carve into a juicy main dish worthy of a celebration, and our online reviewers' top rating.
First-time Thanksgiving hosts might relate to Lori P, who shares this success story:
"This was rated by the most critical of my family to be the best turkey of all time. It was great that it was my first large-scale hosting of Thanksgiving for the family.... it made me proud."
Looking for a new style for your traditional bird? Stacey N may have found your new favorite:
"My family and I have enjoyed this turkey recipe for the last 5 years. We are constantly amazed at how easy it is an how beautifully it turns out with such little effort. My MOTHER even wanted the recipe!"
shelleyj1970 was pleasantly surprised with the kid-friendly taste of her smoked turkey, exclaiming, "Wow...I mean Wow...this was the most tender, juicy, flavorful turkey I have ever prepared...I made it for Thanksgiving and then ended up making it for a Christmas party at our home...everyone loved it...the kids even loved it and, if you are a parent, that should tell you something."
When entertaining a smaller crowd, forgo the extra pounds of a whole bird and serve a turkey breast instead. Reviewer teresa used this recipe and comments, "The turkey was moist and the veggies for the gravy were awesome. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner and good enough for company. We will make this one again."
judyslastsay is a reformed baster after trying this cured turkey:
"I am a traditionalist and have always done the buttering and basting. Never again! This turkey recipe deserves more stars than I can give. My family complained of not having enough leftovers because it was just so good. So moist, it actually drips. The best ... the best!"
Reviewer Melinda favors free-range birds and notes about this recipe, "It's easy to do and a guaranteed success. I've used both free-range, organic turkeys and a miminally processed commercial bird with equal success. In fact, the free-range birds can be challenging in preparation, and I have found this recipe to be superior."
This recipe received rave reviews from user tonikitchen: "You hit this one out of the park, CL! My guests and I agreed this was the best turkey we've ever had - moist, flavorful, just a hint of spice blended beautifully with the sweetness of the apples and cider."
Joyceknowlton raves, "Moist and full of flavor. Best turkey recipe I have used for Thanksgiving (so far). Going to use it again this Thanksgiving!"
User lovetocoooook writes, "'The best turkey and gravy I've ever had.' Quote from every person sitting at our Thanksgiving table this year! Although it cooked much longer than stated recipe, I did not find it to be anymore labor intensive than cooking a plain ol' turkey. Outstanding flavor and I couldn't have been happier. Will make every Thanksgiving from now on. I also blended the veggies in the broth before adding to the gravy for extra flavor."