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Our 9 Best Turkey Strategies (You Only Have to Pick One)

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If you're ordering a turkey for Thanksgiving, you're probably already thinking about how you're going to prepare it, how many people there will be to feed, and what you're going to serve alongside it. Whether the ceremonial bird is your Achilles' heel or your pride and joy, it's time to get going on it. Here are 9 of our favorite ways to make a great turkey—from a Bill Nye-worthy baking process to the best way to make the most of a smaller-than-standard oven.

If you want to dry brine (and don't want to wait to start the brining until the bird is thawed):

Russ Parson's Dry-Brined Turkey (a.k.a. The Judy Bird) by Genius Recipes

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Judy bird

 

If this is the year you deep-fry your turkey:

Deep-Fried Turkey by Paul Longton

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Deep-fried

 

If you can't not have bacon:

Bacon Bird with Turkey Neck Gravy by aargersi

Bacon

 

If you have no patience for basting:

Butter and Herb Roast Turkey by sdebrango

herb turkey 

 

If you have a small oven (or not a lot of time to do the roasting):

Spatchcocked Roast Turkey by AntoniaJames

spatchcock

 

If you only have a few people coming for dinner:

Stuffed Turkey Breast Marsala (or Poor Man's Veal) by thirschfeld

Breast

 

If you want to get it all out of the way the day before:

Slow-Roasted Turkey by erinmcdowell

Slow-roast

 

If you love science experiments (and the breast meat):

Torrisi's Turkey by Genius Recipes

Torrisi's turkey

 

If you just want something simple:

Herb-Rubbed Roast Turkey by Sarah (The Yellow House)

Herb 

What's the craziest turkey-cooking story you have? Tell it in the comments. 


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