Thanksgiving turkey

Mastering the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey: a Chef's guide

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Whether roasted, fried, or basted, turkey is a staple on the holiday table. But let’s face it: the thought of preparing the perfect Thanksgiving turkey can be stress-inducing. The pressure to create a memorable, mouthwatering centerpiece for the year's most cherished feast is enough to make even the most seasoned home chef break into a sweat. But fear not, because this year, we've taken the stress out of your Thanksgiving preparations.

First, we've got your sides covered. Take a look at our recipes for Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Parmesan, and Creamy Mashed Potatoes to dress the table in a symphony of flavors. Now, it’s time for the star of the show, the traditional Thanksgiving turkey.

We've reached out to a dear friend—a Chef with a wealth of culinary expertise—to share his tried-and-tested Thanksgiving turkey recipe. With his guidance, you'll discover how to achieve a bird that's succulent, perfectly crispy, and a true showstopper—all while making the process stress-free. No more worrying about dry meat, overcooked skin, or last-minute kitchen mishaps. Today, we are here to make this year's bird the best yet.

Meet the author

Owen Wyatt

A California native, Chef Owen Wyatt spent several years working in restaurants before deciding to go to culinary school.
Graduated from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in 2013, he has since worked at some of the best restaurants around the country, including prestigious Chef Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro and Ad Lib, and he’s now the Culinary Director of Hestan Smart Cooking.
His knowledge, dedication, and high quality standards make Chef Owen Wyatt’s recipes a trusted tool to turn every day food into a meal to remember.