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Thanksgiving Turkey with Cranberry Glaze

Thanksgiving Turkey with Cranberry Glaze

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, and the turkey is the star of the show. This recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey with Cranberry Glaze is sure to impress your guests and make your holiday meal extra special. The glaze adds a sweet and tangy flavor to the turkey that perfectly complements all of the traditional Thanksgiving sides.

I remember the first time I made this recipe for Thanksgiving. My family was skeptical of the cranberry glaze, but after one bite, they were hooked. The turkey came out perfectly moist and flavorful, and the glaze added a delicious twist to the classic dish. I've been making it ever since, and it's become a staple at our Thanksgiving table.


  • 1 (14-16 pound) turkey, giblets and neck removed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water, then pat dry with paper towels.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the turkey, making sure to get under the skin and in the cavity.
  4. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, breast side up.
  5. Roast the turkey for about 3-3 1/2 hours, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°F.
  6. While the turkey is cooking, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, honey, orange juice, and chicken broth. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick and bubbly, stirring occasionally.
  7. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, brush the glaze all over the turkey, making sure to coat it evenly.
  8. Once the turkey is done, transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.

Serving Suggestions

This Thanksgiving Turkey with Cranberry Glaze is perfect for any Thanksgiving dinner. Serve it alongside all of your favorite sides, like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and stuffing. The glaze also pairs well with sweet potatoes and roasted vegetables. Don't be surprised if your guests ask for seconds (or thirds)!

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