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Turkey Apple Stuffing

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-3/4 hours + standing

Makes

12 servings

Complementing your golden bird, the well-seasoned bread stuffing is sparked by a festive sweetness from apples and raisins. It's a staple on our holiday menu. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
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.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 839 calories, 41g fat (16g saturated fat), 317mg cholesterol, 774mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 88g protein.

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