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New England Roast Turkey with Cranberry-Pecan Stuffing

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Category: Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • 1 c Chopped celery
  • 1/2 c Chopped onion
  • 1/4 c Margarine or butter
  • 1 ts Dried rubbed sage
  • 1/2 ts Dried thyme; crushed
  • 1/4 ts Pepper
  • 6 c Dry bread cubes
  • 1/2 c Chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c Dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c Chicken broth
  • 1 6-8 lb turkey
  • 2 tb Chicken broth; optional
  • 1 ts Cooking oil


For stuffing, cook celery and onion in margarine or butter in a small
saucepan till tender. Remove from heat. Stir in sage, thyme, and pepper.
Place dry bread cubes in a mixing bowl. Add celery mixture, pecans, and
cranberries. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth, tossing to moisten.

Release turkey legs from leg clamp or band of skin crossing the tail. If
desired, remove leg clamp from body cavity. Remove neck and giblets from
cavity. Rinse turkey inside and out; drain and pat dry with paper towels.
Just before roasting, spoon some stuffing into neck cavity. Pull neck skin
over stuffing, fasten to back with a short skewer.

Loosely spoon stuffing into body cavity (no more than 3/4 cup stuffing per
pound of turkey.) Do not pack stuffing tightly, or it will not get hot
enough by the time the turkey is cooked. (Transfer any remaining stuffing
to a casserole adding the 1 to 2 tablespoons chicken broth, if desired, for
additional moistness; cover and chill casserole.) Tuck legs under band of
skin or rest into leg clamp. If leg clamp has been removed, tie legs
together with string. Twist wing tips under back.

Place stuffed turkey, breast side up, on rack in a shallow roasting pan.
Brush with cooking oil. Insert a meat thermometer into the center of an
inside thigh muscle so the bulb does not touch bone. Cover turkey loosely
with foil, leaving some space between the bird and the foil. Press foil
over legs and neck.

Roast in a 325 oven for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or till thermometer registers 180
and juices run clear. The center of the stuffing should be at least 165.
Add covered casserole of stuffing during the last 30 to 45 minutes of
roasting. If desired, during roasting, baste the turkey occasionally with
drippings. Remove the foil the last 30 to 45 minutes ot let the bird brown.

Remove turkey from oven and cover loosely with foil. Let stand for 20
minutes before carving. Release legs from leg clamp, or snip string or band
of skin. To avoid possible burns, do not remove leg clamp from the hot bird
after roasting. Remove stuffing from turkey. Store leftover turkey and
stuffing in separate containers as soon as possible after serving. Makes
6-8 servings.

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