Simply wonderful, Holiday Turkey with Apple-Pear Stuffing is perfect for Autumn or Winter holidays and entertaining. Glamorous and delicious, it is superbly flavorful eating, perfect for your family feast.
Holiday Turkey with Apple-Pear Stuffing

Holiday Turkey with Apple-Pear Stuffing
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
  • 1 turkey (about 14 pounds)
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Apple-Pear Stuffing:
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 4 Granny Smith apples; peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 Cups chopped onions
  • 3 celery stalks with leaves; chopped
  • 6 dried pear halves; chopped
  • 1/2 Cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 Cup dried sour cherries
  • 36 slices firm white bread (about 2 pounds); cut 3/4-inch squares
  • 1/2 Cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (or 3/4 teaspoons dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon shredded fresh sage leaves (or 1/4 teaspoons dried sage, crumbled)
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 Cup turkey or chicken broth
  1. Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Season all over with salt and pepper. Place the turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan. Refrigerate.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the apples, onions, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Add the dried pears, raisins, dried cherries, bread, parsley, thyme, and sage to the apple mixture and season with salt and pepper. Pour the broth over and toss until evenly moistened.
  5. Spoon the stuffing loosely into the neck and body cavities. Place the remaining stuffing in a small buttered baking dish; refrigerate. Tuck the turkey skin at the neck end under, fold the wings under, and tie the legs together. Cover with a foil tent.
  6. Roast the turkey for 2 3/4 hours, basting every 30 minutes with the pan juices. Remove the foil and continue roasting for about 45 minutes longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, away from the bone, registers 180 degrees. Let the turkey stand loosely covered with foil for about 20 minutes before carving.
  7. Meanwhile, about 45 minutes before the turkey is done, put the reserved stuffing into the oven, and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Carve the turkey, spoon the stuffing, and serve.
Perfectly roasted turkey always makes a dramatic centerpiece for a holiday meal. The apple-pear stuffing, a rich, flavorful blend of traditional and new ingredients, such as sour cherries and dried pears, sets this recipe apart. Prepare it one day ahead, but stuff the turkey just before it goes into the oven.

Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 1/2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fruit.

Recipe from "Mary Engelbreit's Queen of the Kitchen Cookbook" by Mary Engelbreit
Nutrition Information
Calories: 91 Fat: trace Carbohydrates: 23g Sodium: 5mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg
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