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11 Golden, Gussied-Up Birds Guests Will Flock To

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When you’re planning your holiday menu, you want a big, bold centerpiece. A main that’s going to elicit ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ and maybe a gasp or two. You want a golden and crispy and juicy bird.

We celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey (although we’re down to break it out for other feasts), so your holiday table, too, deserves a big, beautiful bird. This season, roast chicken with fragrant herbs or butter up a gigantic goose. Try game hens for individual servings, or give carving a turkey a second try. Here are 11 show-stopping mains we promise your guests will flock to.

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Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken
Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken
Duck à l'Orange
Duck à l'Orange
Russ Parsons' Dry-Brined Turkey (a.k.a. The Judy Bird)
Russ Parsons' Dry-Brined Turkey (a.k.a. The Judy Bird)
Game Hens with Roasted Grape Mostarda

Game Hens with Roasted Grape Mostarda by meganvt01

Maple Lacquered Duck Breast

Maple Lacquered Duck Breast by aargersi

Pucker-Up Lemon Sumac Chicken with Lemon Herb Board Sauce
Pucker-Up Lemon Sumac Chicken with Lemon Herb Board Sauce
Sweet and Sour Roast Goose with Autumn Squash and Cranberries
Sweet and Sour Roast Goose with Autumn Squash and Cranberries
Honey-Roasted Chicken with Garlic, Lavender, and Roasted Vegetables
Honey-Roasted Chicken with Garlic, Lavender, and Roasted Vegetables
Melissa Clark's Really Easy Duck Confit

Melissa Clark's Really Easy Duck Confit by Genius Recipes

Paul Virant’s Make-Ahead Roasted Turkey With Smothered Gravy

Paul Virant’s Make-Ahead Roasted Turkey With Smothered Gravy by Genius Recipes

Melissa Clark's Feta-Brined Roast Chicken
Melissa Clark's Feta-Brined Roast Chicken

What do you serve as your holiday main? Is turkey only for Thanksgiving?

Tags: poultry, goose, duck, turkey