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Turkey with Cherry Stuffing

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 4 hours + standing

Makes

10-12 servings (6 cups stuffing)

This moist stuffing, with its fruity blend of raisins and tart cherries, is a sweet twist on a traditional version. It's a tasty complement to tender poultry slices. Be prepared to dish up second helpings when you serve this bird.
Turkey with Cherry Stuffing Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 5 cups seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) pitted tart cherries, drained
  • 1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Stir in thyme and poultry seasoning. In a large bowl, combine stuffing, raisins and celery mixture. Add broth and cherries; toss to mix.
  2. Loosely stuff turkey just before baking. Skewer openings; tie drumsticks together. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with oil.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 180° for the turkey and 165° for the stuffing. Baste occasionally with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.
  4. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before removing the stuffing and carving the turkey. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.
Editor's Note: The stuffing may be prepared as directed and baked separately in a greased 2-qt baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

6 ounce-weight: 491 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 148mg cholesterol, 513mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 58g protein.

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