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Herb Roast Turkey with Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

This turkey will be the perfect addition to your table this holiday...the stuffing is unique and flavourful!

October 2nd, 2015

FoodLand Ontario

This turkey is butter-basted with herbs to preserve moistness and add flavour to the pan drippings for gravy.
Servings
Serves 8 to 10
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 fresh Turkey (10 lb/5 kg)
  • STUFFING:
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) diced Celery
  • 1 clove Ontario Garlic, minced
  • 8 cups (2 L) dry bread cubes (1/2-inch/2 cm)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) pecan pieces, toasted
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped fresh Parsley
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each chopped fresh Sage and Summer Savory
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) sodium-reduced chicken broth (approx.)
  • HERB BUTTER:
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each chopped fresh Rosemary, Summer Savory and Thyme
Directions
  1. STUFFING: In Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and celery; cook, stirring often until softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in bread cubes to coat well. Remove from heat, stir in pecans, cranberries, parsley, sage and savory. Stir in enough broth to lightly moisten bread. Set aside.

  2. HERB BUTTER: In small bowl, blend together butter, garlic, rosemary, savory and thyme. Set aside.

  3. Prepare turkey by removing giblets, rinse inside and out; pat dry with paper towel. Fill neck cavity with some of the stuffing; close and secure skin with small metal skewer. Place remaining stuffing in main cavity. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Get under breast skin with fingers to loosen. Spread 1 to 2 tbsp (15 to 25 mL) herb butter under each side of breast. Spread 2 tbsp (25 mL) over the entire top. Melt remaining butter to use for basting.

  4. Place turkey on rack in roasting pan; tent with foil, tucking in sides but leaving ends open. Roast in 325°F (160°C) oven for about 3-1/2 hours, basting with melted herb butter. Remove foil to brown during last 30 minutes (cover legs and stuffing with foil if needed). Insert meat thermometer in thickest part of inner thigh, not touching bone. Turkey is done when thermometer reaches 185°F (85°C). Transfer turkey to large carving board and let stand 15 minutes. Remove stuffing from both cavities into warm serving dish. Make gravy with drippings, if desired.

Nutrients Per Serving

1 Serving (When recipe serves 10): PROTEIN: 47 grams FAT: 35 grams CARBOHYDRATE: 20 grams CALORIES: 575 FIBRE: 3 grams SODIUM: 475 mg

Herb Roast Turkey with Cranberry Pecan Stuffing

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