Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This recipe is adapted from an old Food&Wine magazine. As I think that cooked celery is nasty, I always omit it. I like the variety of tastes and textures included in it.
- 2 1⁄2 cups wild rice
- 3 cups rich chicken broth
- 3 cups water
- 12 ounces water chestnuts, sliced
- 1 bunch watercress, leaves & tender stem,chopped,coarsley
- 4 large scallions, white and tender green,chopped coarsley
- 3⁄4 cup almonds, blanched (4 oz)
- 1⁄2 lb prosciutto, finely chopped
- pepper, freshly ground
- 16 -18 lbs turkey, gibs reserv
- 1 onion, halved
- 1 celery rib, in 2 inch pieces-i omit
- 3 tablespoons sweet creamy butter
- 3 tablespoons flour, all-purpose
- Dilute the chicken stock with the water.
- Rinse the wild rice in several changes of cold water and drain.
- Put the rice in a medium saucepan, add 5 cups of diluted chicken stock and bring to a boil over moderately high heat.
- Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender and the stock absorbed.
- The cooking time may vary from 35-60 minutes.
- If the rice is not done and the stock has boiled away, add another cup of stock; if the rice is done but stock remains, uncover and boil over high heat until evaporated.
- (The rice can be cooked up to 1 day ahead. Let cool, then cover and refrigerate.) In a large bowl, toss the cooked rice with the water chestnuts, water cress, scallions, almonds, and proscuitto.
- Season with pepper and salt, if needed.
- Let the stuffing cool thoroughly.
- In a medium saucepan, cover the turky neck, heart and gizzard with 4 cups of water.
- Add the onion, celery and a pinch of salt.
- Bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 90 minutes, skimming occasionally.
- Strain the broth and set aside; you should have about 3 cups.
- Reserve the turkey gizzard and heart.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Spoon the stuffing into the check and neck cavities of the bird.
- Fold the neck skin over the stuffing and secure with skewers.
- Truss the bird with twine.
- Season the turkey liberally with salt and pepper and rub the butter all over.
- Wrap any leftover stuffing in a foil packet.
- Place the turkey, breast side down, on a foil-lined rack, in a roasting pan and roast for 2 hours.
- Turn the turkey breast-side up and roast for about 2 hours longer, basting often with the pan juices.
- Ten minutes before the roasting time is up, add the turkey liver to the pan.
- The bird is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the inner thigh registers 170 degrees.
- Transfer the turkey to a warm platter, reserving the liver.
- Let the bird rest for 30 minutes before carving.
- Heat the extra stuffing in the oven for about 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the gravy.
- Pour all the juices into a large measuring cup.
- Spoon about 3 tablespoons of fat from the juices into the pan and set it over two burners.
- Stir the flour into the pan and cook over moderate heat for 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits.
- Whisk in 1 cup of the reserved turkey broth until smooth.
- Whisk in the remaining broth and simmer until thickened.
- Degrease the remaining juices in the measuring cup and stir them into the gravy.
- Chop the gizzard, heart and liver finely and stir into the gravy.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour into a warmed gravy boat and serve alongside the carved turkey.