Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ROASTED TURKEY WITH EASY APPLE-PECAN STUFFING

Remember when we used to make all our stuffing from scratch and then "Stove Top" stuffing mix came along?  We were so excited when we discovered opening a box and wa-la, stuffing!  Here is one of my older recipes for taking advantage of stuffing "in a box."

1 turkey (approximately 12 to 16 lbs)
3 boxes (6-oz each) stuffing mix (for chicken or turkey)
1 1/2 sticks butter
4 1/2 cups very hot water
2 large apples, cored and chopped
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Clean turkey by removing any innards stuffed inside; wash and pat dry with paper towels.

In a large bowl, combine the vegetable/seasoning packets from the 3 boxes of stuffing mix with the butter; add the water and stir just enough to about halfway melt the butter.  Add the stuffing crumbs, apples, and pecans; stir just until moistened.

Lightly (do not hard pack) stuff the neck and body cavities of the turkey with the stuffing.  Twist the wing tips under the back of the turkey and place turkey in roasting pan, breast side up.

Roast in 325 degree oven for 4 to 4 1/2 hours (depending on size of turkey) or until a meat thermometer reads 10 degrees and turkey is tender.  During the last hour of baking, brush with pan juices or melted butter 2 or 3 times.  If turkey starts to get too brown, make a loose foil tent to place over turkey.

Remove turkey from oven and let rest for 15 minutes or so before carving.  This will help the turkey to retain its juices.


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