How to cook the classic Thanksgiving dinner

LINDA LAU ANUSASANANAN,  – November 18, 2004


Pumpkins and pilgrims aside, a beautifully browned roast turkey is what Thanksgiving is all about. We’ve tested a mind-boggling number of variations in our kitchen, but we still love a simple, butter-glazed bird. Here’s how we produce it, as well as classic gravy. Follow our chart to determine how long to roast your turkey ― and at what temperature. And keep the carving instructions handy for a complete Thanksgiving success.

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