Martha's classic turkey, stuffing and gravy

Want to perfect the most important dishes of the Thanksgiving meal? Martha Stewart shares her tried-and-true recipes for a savory turkey, a flavorful stuffing and creamy gravy.

Turkey 101
Servings:

Serves 12 to 14

Ingredients

    • 1 twenty- to-twenty-one-pound fresh whole turkey, giblets and neck removed from cavity and reserved
    • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    • Classic Stuffing
    • 1 cup dry red or white wine, for gravy (optional)
    • Giblet Stock

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Giblet Stock and Gravy
Servings:

Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients

    • Giblets, (heart, gizzard, and liver) and neck reserved from turkey
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
    • 1 celery stalk, with leaves, stalk cut into 1/4-inch dice, leaves roughly chopped
    • 1 small leek, trimmed, washed and cut into 1/4-inch dice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 bay leaf

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Classic Stuffing
Servings:

Makes 12 cups

Ingredients

    • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 onions, (2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
    • 16 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch dice
    • 10 large fresh sage leaves, chopped, or 2 teaspoons crushed dried sage
    • 6 cups Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
    • 2 stale loaves white bread, (about 36 slices), crust on, cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 3 cups (about 2 bunches) fresh coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, leaves
    • 2 cups pecans, toasted and chopped (optional)
    • 2 cups dried cherries, (optional)

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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