We’ve all heard the Thanksgiving Day horror stories. Hell, most of us even have our own. Every single Turkey Day dish is tricky in it’s own special way — but, honestly, the turkey itself is the hardest thing to cook on the holiday.
There are just so many things that can go wrong. If you don’t put it in early enough, your family will end up eating at two in the morning the day after Thanksgiving. But if you put it in too early, you’re looking at a dried-out bird that’ll rival the Griswold’s hot mess in Christmas Vacation. And don’t even get us started on under/overseasoning. Bland turkey is bad, but super-salty turkey is worse.
To avoid any turkey mishaps, the best defense is a good offense. If you plan ahead and pick out the perfect recipe, what could go wrong? From a classic dry brine to Tuscan-style, these recipes are all stellar. Give them a try if you want to steer clear of any disasters — or if you maybe just want to try something new this year.
Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2017.