Thanksgiving Turkey and Gravy: What Goes into Cooking the Perfect Holiday Bird

Last Updated September 27, 2014
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Say no to dry turkey: Pick, prep and roast the perfect bird this Thanksgiving.

As simple as a roast turkey is, it’s also infamous for being dry (and its sidekick, gravy, has a rep for falling prey to lumps). It is possible to turn out a juicy turkey (and smooth gravy) with the right prep, however, and the first step is to choose the best bird. Heritage turkey—which refers to ten old-fashioned breeds—is often leaner and more flavorful than the supermarket variety. It also costs more, but most chefs say these birds are worth every penny. And with the proper seasonings and as little as ten minutes of prep, it won’t be difficult to turn that bird into a mouth-watering roast turkey this year. Get all of Edible’s secrets to perfect turkey and gravy right here. 

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