Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's time to get those final recipes in order and get ready! Here's a good one to start the plans out!
MAKES: 10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-3/4 hours + standing
Ingredients 1-1/2 cups chopped celery 3/4 cup chopped onion 3/4 cup butter, cubed 9 cups day-old cubed whole wheat bread 3 cups finely chopped apples 3/4 cup raisins 1-1/2 teaspoons salt 1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds) Additional butter, melted
In a Dutch oven, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in the bread cubes, apples, raisins, salt, thyme, sage and pepper.
Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey with 4 cups stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 2-qt. baking dish; refrigerate until ready to bake. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with melted butter.
Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-3/4 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads 180° for the turkey and 165° for the stuffing, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until browned. Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving turkey. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.Yield: 10-12 servings.
Editor’s Note: Stuffing may be prepared as directed and baked separately in a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
1 serving (1 each) equals 839 calories, 41 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 317 mg cholesterol, 774 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 88 g protein.