Turkey Day is coming, and that means.. well… turkey!  And except for the lucky bird pardoned by the President, Americans will consume nearly 50 million turkeys – that’s 800 million pounds – on Thanksgiving Day (and the days that follow).

Personally, I love Thanksgiving.  I love the gathering of friends and family with no expectation of gifts, just enjoying each other’s company, and eating good food.  True it can be a bit of work, but there’s no law that says Thanksgiving can’t just be a simple gathering, where even mom can sit down and eat a hot meal.

I went out and found a bunch of great recipes for a standard turkey that will have you drooling.  Some of them are fancy, and some of them are simple, so no matter how you like to spend your Thanksgiving – surrounded by a lavish banquet, or in yoga pants with some classic comfort food – there’s something here for everyone.

If you're looking for a can't miss recipe for your Thanksgiving or Christmas bird, check out this roundup of 15 creative, delicious ways to cook a turkey.

Here are 15 of the tastiest recipes out there for your bird.  Click on the images to see the full recipe.

From the Pros

Of course every professional chef has a terrific Thanksgiving turkey recipe.  Check out some of the best I’ve discovered.

Martha Stewart’s Cranberry Glazed Turkey with Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing

The Pioneer Woman’s Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Gordon Ramsay’s Roast Turkey with Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Turkey with Onion and Sage Pork Stuffing

Alton Brown’s Perfect Roast Turkey

Better Homes and Gardens’ Bacon Wrapped Turkey

Best of the Blogs

You can always count on bloggers to come up with and share creative, delicious recipes for every occasion.

Spanish Turkey from Chatelaine

Pernil Style Turkey from Amanda’s Cooking Adventures

Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey from She Wears Many Hats

Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter and Roasted Shallots from Cookin’ Canuck

The Ultimate Smoked Turkey from Amazing Ribs

Memphis Fried Turkey

Turkey Breast Recipes.

You don’t always need a whole bird or a feast for 30 people.  If you’re planning an intimate Thanksgiving, check out these turkey breast recipes for a smaller crowd.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Lemon and Oregano from Foodie Crush

Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Breast from The Noshery

Orange-Honey Glazed Roasted Turkey Breasts from The Cozy Apron


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