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Apple-Shallot Roasted Turkey with Cider Gravy

In this herb-roasted turkey recipe, apples and shallots cook inside the bird to keep the meat moist and add rich flavor. The extra shallots in the roasting pan also give the gravy recipe a rich, caramelized-onion depth and, with apple cider, the gravy is out-of-this-world delicious. The easy turkey stock adds extra flavor to the gravy, but you can use chicken broth instead with good results.

» Apple-Shallot Roasted Turkey with Cider Gravy

Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemon & Braised Vegetables

The pulp and rind of Moroccan preserved lemons is all you need to lift a pedestrian roast chicken into the realm of the exotic!

» Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemon & Braised Vegetables

Lemon-Garlic Roast Turkey & White-Wine Gravy

The zesty lemon-garlic rub for this turkey gives it amazing flavor. Instead of using a conventional supermarket turkey that's been “enhanced” with added sodium solution, here we brine a natural or organic turkey to keep the meat extra juicy without a lot of extra sodium.

» Lemon-Garlic Roast Turkey & White-Wine Gravy

Orange-Roasted Duck

The orange marmalade and soy sauce glaze accentuates the rich, gamy taste of duck. It's an irresistible treat for company any time of year.

» Orange-Roasted Duck

Quail with Ginger-Cranberry Pilaf

Here, we sear quail in a skillet and then finish them in the oven over a bed of pear- and cranberry-studded brown-rice pilaf. Although they look like they might be tricky to prepare, quail couldn't be easier to roast. And the flavor payoff is big—rich, succulent meat that is a dark-meat lover's delight.

» Quail with Ginger-Cranberry Pilaf

Roasted Pheasant with Wheat Berry Salad

Pheasant is a small bird with a delicate flavor that's richer than chicken. We roast apples and shallots in the pan along with the bird, then toss them with cooked wheat berries for a delicious whole-grain side.

» Roasted Pheasant with Wheat Berry Salad

Brine-Cured Roast Turkey

A big turkey is so spectacular you hardly need to do anything to embellish it. But brining can be that extra touch that makes it so juicy and flavorful that you’ll remember it for years to come. Brining the turkey takes 3 days so you’ll need to plan ahead, but the lengthy brining time really pays off with fabulous flavor. Make sure you start with an all-natural bird without any added water and sodium solution. (Recipe adapted from Alice Waters.)

» Brine-Cured Roast Turkey


Impress your family and friends this holiday season with a healthy recipe for a delicious roast turkey, roast chicken, roast duck or other festive roasted bird. A roasting turkey fills your home with a mouthwatering aroma. Try something different and make one of our roast duck recipes, or make a roast chicken recipe if you’re serving a more intimate holiday meal. Our collection of festive recipes is perfect for your holiday meal.

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