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Pear Stuffing for Turkey

 Pear Stuffing for Turkey
I find this to be a delicious change from the usual Southern-style dressing served around here. I found the recipe in one of my mother's old cookbooks.
10 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 8 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 cups diced peeled ripe pears (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 turkey (10 pounds)

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion and celery over medium
  • heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Remove
  • from the heat. Stir in the bread crumbs, pears, broth, salt, pepper
  • and sage.
  • Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey with stuffing. Skewer turkey
  • openings; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in
  • a roasting pan.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until a meat
  • thermometer reads 180° for the turkey and 165° for the
  • stuffing, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely
  • with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
  • Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing

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Pear Stuffing for Turkey (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • and carving turkey. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.
  • Yield: 10 servings (8 cups stuffing).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 746 calories, 34 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 262 mg cholesterol, 775 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 79 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer