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Apple-Almond Stuffed Turkey Recipe

Apple-Almond Stuffed Turkey Recipe

I found this terrific recipe a few years back and tried it our on some friends at a dinner party. Everyone enjoyed the combination of flavors and unique ingredients. It has become my "staple". The currants and apples give the stuffing a nice sweet flavor, and the almonds add crunch. -Laurel McLennan, Medicine Hat, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 5 hours YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) sliced bread
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 medium tart apples, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups diced fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 tablespoon dried savory
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup turkey or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)

Directions

  • 1. Cut bread into 1/2-in. cubes and place in a single layer on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 225° for 30-40 minutes, tossing occasionally until partially dried.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute the next 10 ingredients in butter until onions and apples are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • 3. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the bread cubes, almonds, currants, broth and juice; toss well.
  • 4. Just before baking, stuff the turkey. Skewer openings; tie drumsticks together. Place on a rack in a roasting pan.
  • 5. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 4-1/2 to 5 hours or until thermometer reads 180° for the turkey and 165° for the stuffing. When the turkey begins to brown, cover lightly with foil and baste if needed. Yield: 12 servings (12 cups stuffing).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 778 calories, 30 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 230 mg cholesterol, 973 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 87 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer