Brown Rice 'n' Apple Stuffed Turkey Recipe
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Brown Rice 'n' Apple Stuffed Turkey Recipe

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Mouthwatering flavors of autumn permeate this lovely stuffing concocted by our Test Kitchen home economists. Apple bits and plump raisins add fruity flavor to the brown rice.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 2-3/4 hours + standing
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 2-3/4 hours + standing
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain brown rice
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped tart apple
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)

Nutritional Facts

3 ounce-weight: 286 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 443mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.


  1. In a saucepan, combine the broth, 1/3 cup apple juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in the rice and raisins. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40-50 minutes or until rice is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, cook celery and onion in butter for 2 minutes. Add apple; cook and stir for 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Combine the rice mixture, apple mixture, poultry seasoning, pepper and remaining apple juice and salt.
  3. Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2-3/4 to 3 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180° for the turkey and 165° for the stuffing. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
  4. Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes. Remove stuffing and carve turkey, discarding skin. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy. Yield: 6 servings with leftovers.
Editor's Note: Stuffing may be prepared as directed and baked separately in a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Cover and bake a 325° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through.
Originally published as Brown Rice 'n' Apple Stuffed Turkey in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p19

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BFast User ID: 2594312 145299
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"As this has become a family staple, I guess I should review it.

I found this recipe because we live gluten free, and have a strong bias towards brown over white rice.
The recipe was very easy to make. My whole family likes it, including the fussy kids. What better recommendation is there than that.
Of note, the stuffing really expands during cooking. The first couple of times it blew the bird open and poured out -- kinda fun. I just put a 15 pound turkey into the oven, and it was well stuffed with a single recipe."

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