How to Prepare the Perfect Turkey for Roasting

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How to Prepare the Perfect Turkey for Roasting
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How to Prepare the Perfect Turkey for Roasting

Step 1:

Rub seasoning mixture all over the turkey, under the skin and into the breast meat.

Step 2:

Tuck the wing tips under the turkey.

Step 3:

Tie the legs together with kitchen string.

Step 4:

After roasting for 45 minutes, cover the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting the foil as necessary to conform to the breast.

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Pre-Turkey Melt(down)

A simple Thanksgiving grilled cheese you won't want to pass up. Three ingredients and a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Mango-Glazed Turkey Breast

Slightly sweet and savory, this recipe packs your turkey dish full of extra flavor

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Honey-Mustard Turkey Cutlets and Potatoes

Potatoes, leeks and turkey burst with intense flavor when roasted with honey, mustard and curry. Serve with: Steamed snow peas and carrots and a glass of white wine.

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Herbed Turkey Two Ways

Bi-Rite owner Sam Mogannam, uses a heritage-breed turkey, cooks the white and dark meats separately to prevent the breast from drying out before the tougher leg meat is fully cooked. Because of this turkey's large size, salting at least 8 hours before cooking allows the seasoning to fully penetrate.

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Soy Sauce and Honey-Glazed Turkey

"We never had turkey on Thanksgiving," says Joanne Chang, "only duck. I love turkey with sage and butter, but I crave the flavors I grew up with." Here, she marinates and bastes the bird with soy, sesame, honey and ginger, giving it superb flavor and a beautiful mahogany color.

Want the recipe? Click here: Soy Sauce and Honey-Glazed Turkey

Turkey Breast with Ginger-Scallion Sauce

David Chang recommends poaching turkey breast in leftover turkey stock before serving it with ginger-scallion sauce, based on his favorite condiment at Great N.Y. Noodletown in Chinatown.

Want the recipe? Click here: Turkey Breast with Ginger-Scallion Sauce

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How do you prepare a turkey for roasting? The EatingWell Test Kitchen team shares their tips for cooking turkey in 4 easy steps. This method produces all the good looks and moist flavor you dream of in a Thanksgiving turkey. Try this technique with our Herb-Roasted Turkey recipe.

Check out the slideshow above to learn the method!

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