Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipes

Turkey and more! Find perfect main dish recipes to please everyone at Thanksgiving.

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Chef John's Roast Turkey and Gravy

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The biggest myth in all of American cookery is the belief that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. One of the secrets to a moist, delicious, and beautiful turkey is spreading butter under the skin. You can season the butter any way you want; the possibilities are endless.

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

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If you have a taste for turkey, but don't want the time or the hassle of a full bird, try a split turkey breast, prepared in the air fryer. This recipe gives the flavor of an oven-roasted turkey, but in much less time, and with much less fuss! Use any combination of fresh herbs that you and your family will enjoy!

How to Cook a Turkey

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The biggest myth in all of American cookery is that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. Even if this is your first time, don't play scared, this will work! There is nothing to fear but the fear of dry turkey itself.

Cranberry Stuffed Game Hens

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If you've never worked with game hens before, they're very user-friendly. Even stuffed to excess, they only roast for about an hour in a hot oven, and as long as you don't overcook them (use a thermometer!), you'll be enjoying the kind of juicy, flavorful meat that people cooking turkey only dream of.

Erick's Deep Fried Rosemary Turkey

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This is one of the most flavorful and moist turkeys you will ever savor. Easy to prepare, a definite hit at parties, this is how Thanksgiving was meant to be enjoyed! I like to use about a 16-pound bird.

Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Breasts

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I made these once for a holiday dinner party, and they were such a hit that I started making them for Thanksgiving instead of a whole turkey.

Glazed Baked Ham

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This is an easy way to prepare a ham for the holidays.

Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey

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My grandmother and mother passed this recipe on to me. It changes just a little every year, because we've never written it down before. But it is always incredibly juicy and succulent!

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

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Quick and easy way to cook turkey in the slow cooker. With only two ingredients, the only hard part is waiting.

Turkey in a Bag

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This is a very easy way to make a Thanksgiving turkey using an oven bag. The bird will be perfectly moist when done, and you can make gravy out of the juice that forms in the bottom of the bag. Plus, cleanup is a snap! The cooking time will vary for different sized turkeys.

It's Way Better Than Thanksgiving Turkey Turkey

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Unless you're deep-frying turkey, I suggest you make the switch over to this method of cooking turkey, even for holidays and special occasions. Alter the amount of ingredients depending on the number of people attending your amazing turkey feast; my version is for three people.

Instant Pot® Turkey Breast

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The Instant Pot® made the moistest turkey breast I have ever made. I usually let this cook in the slow cooker all day, but this turned out so much better. I couldn't believe that I had such a wonderful meal ready in less than an hour total!

Inspiration and Ideas

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Ham with Pineapple

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A classic baked ham with a simple but tasty sweet brown sugar and pineapple glaze. This main dish will receive applause for its beautiful presentation as well as the irresistible flavor. You will definitely want to have some leftovers!