Roast Turkey with Old Fashioned Bread Stuffing

Recipe by ChipotleChick
READY IN: 5hrs
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • For stuffing, in a medium saucepan cook celery, mushrooms, and onion in butter until tender but not brown, remove from heat.
  • Stir in sage, pepper, and salt.
  • Place dry bread cubes in a large mixing bowl, add onion mixture.
  • Drizzle with enough broth or water to moisten, tossing lightly.
  • Season body cavity of turkey with salt.
  • Spoon some stuffing LOOSELY into the neck cavity.
  • Pull the neck skin to the back, fasten with a skewer.
  • LIGHTLY spoon more stuffing into the body cavity (place any remaining stuffing into a casserole, cover and chill. Dot with butter and bake alongside turkey for 35-45 minutes or until heated through).
  • Tuck the ends of the drumsticks under the band of skin across the tail.
  • If the band of skin is not present, tie the drumsticks securely to the tail.
  • Twist wing tips under the back.
  • Place turkey, breast side DOWN, on a rack in a shallow roastng pan.
  • Brush with oil.
  • Cover turkey loosely with foil.
  • Roast turkey in a 325 degree oven for 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 hours, or until a meat thermometer placed into the center of a thigh (but not touching the bone) reads 180 degrees. Make sure center of stuffing reads 165 degrees.
  • After about 1 1/2 hours, turn the turkey over so that it is breast side up.
  • Brush breast side with oil.
  • After 2 1/2 hours, cut loose drumsticks so that thighs will cook evenly.
  • When done, drumsticks should move very easliy in their sockets and their thickest parts should feel soft when pressed.
  • Uncover the last 30 minutes of roasting.
  • To make dry bread cubes: cut bread into 1/2 inch squares.
  • (12-14 slices of bread for 8 cups cubes) Place in a brown paper bag and close loosely.
  • Let stand 3-4 days, mixing up by hand each day until thoroughly dry.
  • OR, spread bread cubes onto a large cookie sheet in a single layer and bake at 300 degrees 10-15 minutes or until dry, stirring twice.
  • Cool.
  • I highly recommend using homemade white bread (by hand or bread machine) for the bread cubes.
  • You will be AMAZED at the difference in texture!
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