People tell me this pie is almost better than the original dinner! I fix turkey all year long, and I purposely make too much just so we can have this later on. It's a complete meal in itself.
My sister and I took turns cooking when we were in high school...my husband and I have four grown sons...and I used to cook for pheasant hunters we took in. So I've had lots of practice!
When our family gathers for Christmas dinner, we'll carve a succulent turkey and savor the stuffing my mother taught me to make. Her version of the Southern favorite gets color and zip from the olives and chilies.
With delicious chopped chestnuts in the savory stuffing, this golden roasted bird is a special Thanksgiving treat. It's a "must" on the menu at the annual holiday meal my family shares with dear friends.—Ardis Rollefson, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
As a newlywed, I didn't know much about roasting a turkey. Then our pastor, an excellent cook, told me about barding - placing or tying bacon on the turkey to prevent drying during roasting. The fat bastes the turkey while it cooks, keeping it moist and adding flavor.
"For a special-occasion main dish that's perfect for a small family gathering, try this moist tender turkey breast with its unusual dressing," suggests Kathi Graham of Naperville, Illinois. "Lemon and garlic flavor the meat, while raisins and shredded carrot add sweetness and color to the couscous stuffing."
"THE DRESSING was always my favorite part of the meal. I can still smell the wonderful aroma that filled the house while the turkey roasted in our wood stove. We could hardly wait to sit down and eat!"