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This is very similar to a recipe my mother makes. Was handed down from her side of the family which is Irish/French Canadian. (Not sure which side it came from). We all love it and so does anyone who has joined us for Thanksgiving. Matter of fact, I am eating leftovers with turkey as I write this -- yum!
Excepting the pork and brand names, this recipe mirrors a stuffing recipe passed through several generations of our family. The turkey has always been stuffed immediately after preparation and placed directly into the oven. Thus far the only ill effects we have noticed after consumption of this delicious turkey stuffing are multiple men sleeping on couches;-)
I made this stuffing as posted and I think next time I will use the Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix instead. I didn't like the texture and taste of the croutons. I agree with the previous post about not putting hot stuffing into a cold turkey. Thanks for sharing that tidbit Linda.
OMG... For all those people who don't like stuffing, here is one that will change you forever. It was worth the time to follow step by step... I used Jimmy Dean sausage and added mild Italian Sausage. Can you say "Delicious?"
The recipe sounds delicious, although I would never put HOT stuffing into a COLD turkey. I put mine in warm and don't pack it too tightly, so that the stuffing cooks and is 165 degrees with a thermometer before removing from the oven. Tip: The stuffing should be moist, not dry when you put it in, since heat destroys bacteria more rapidly in a moist environment. Cook the turkey immediately after stuffing. I had food poisioning once and don't ever want it again. Linda
My family has also stuffed a turkey using a very similar meat stuffing recipe as yours for many many years. I have never in my life had dry turkey. Although this isn't exactly low-fat, it's perfect for the holidays. The turkey comes out moist and tender, and the stuffing is outstanding!
Nana Lee, my family also has a very similiar recipe as yours that has been passed down for 5 generations. We also stuff the turkey the same way as you indicate. We are all OK also.