Combine stuffing ingredients as recipe directs. Do not stuff turkey until you're ready to place it in the oven. Spoon the stuffing loosely into the neck cavity.
Pull neck skin over stuffing to the back of turkey and secure with a skewer. Tuck wing tips under body to avoid over- browning while roasting.
Loosely spoon stuffing into the body cavity. Tie drumsticks together with kitchen string.
Place turkey breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with oil or melted butter if desired. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into thick portion of inner thigh area, not touching bone. Or use an instant-read thermometer toward end of roasting time.
Roast turkey as recipe directs. Baste with pan juices if desired.
When breast area has browned, loosely cover with foil to avoid excess browning. Continue roasting until the thermometer reads 180° and internal temperature in the center of stuffing is 165°.
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