Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday. At my house, we have several traditional dishes that we only make for Thanksgiving - Grandma Dot's stuffing, Corn Pudding, Cranberry-Citrus Jell-O - but we never had a special family recipe for the turkey. We cooked it according to the tag that comes with the bird, or sometimes a daring relative would try something completely new (once even on the grill...) and it was always a bit of a gamble.
One year, while interning in Florida, I couldn't come home for the holiday. The other interns and I decided to have a "Misfit Thanksgiving" and everyone would bring a dish that was special to them. I was in charge of the turkey.
Thanksgiving turkey is a BIG DEAL. I mean, it's the star of the show, so to speak, and it can be downright anxiety inducing! I turned to Alton Brown and his scientifically proven roast turkey recipe as seen on the "Romancing the Bird" Episode of Good Eats.
The results were SPECTACULAR! The bird comes out perfectly seasoned, the meat is moist and the skin is beautifully brown and crispy. My family has adopted this as our go-to recipe and we use it every year. I even set up my laptop in the kitchen so we can all watch the episode together as we cook (it's as much of a tradition now as those 70's stop-motion Christmas films #burgermeistermeisterburger).
The recipe is a bit involved, but the end absolutely justifies the means. Try it and you'll never worry about the bird again!