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7 turkey recipes that will make your Thanksgiving meal amazing

by Alessandra Bulow /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Upgrade your Thanksgiving centerpiece bird this year with our top turkey recipes, from the Cajun turkey that TODAY host Matt Lauer deemed the "best ever," to an amazing bacon-wrapped turkey that will wow your holiday guests.

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I mean, you can’t go wrong with this show-stopping centerpiece bird that’s wrapped in a glorious bacon blanket.

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Tucking fresh sage leaves and thyme under the skin makes the juicy meat and crispy skin especially fragrant.

Skip the carving and instead make Giada De Laurentiis’s boneless version that’s stuffed with apples, fennel and fragrant herbs.

Rubbing the bird liberally with smoked paprika ahead of time allows the spice to permeate the meat with a wonderful smoky flavor.

Cajun Roasted Turkey and Gravy

Deemed the “best turkey ever,” by TODAY host Matt Lauer, this recipe by chef Curtis Stone yields a perfectly juicy bird thanks to an easy spiced brine.

Chef Bobby Flay brings the heat with this gorgeous lacquered bird that’s coated with a spicy and citrusy glaze.

3-Hour roast turkey with gravy

What's remarkable about this turkey is how perfectly and uniformly golden all over it is. Butterflying (aka spatchcocking) the turkey (opening it up and flattening it out) puts the breasts, legs and wings on a level playing field so everything cooks evenly and more quickly than a whole bird. It's perfect for a time-crunched Thanksgiving host. It's also a breeze to carve.

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