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Turkey with Herb Stuffing Recipe
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Turkey with Herb Stuffing Recipe

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This old family recipe was brought West by my great-grandmother, who rose in a covered wagon. I've used the stuffing for turkey, chicken, pork or beef. The herbs give it a great flavor. -Ruth Warner, Grand Junction, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery with leaves
  • 1 package (12 ounces) unseasoned bread cubes
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, thyme and savory
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds)
  • Additional butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 1077 calories, 50 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 398 mg cholesterol, 1104 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 115 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute onions and celery in butter until tender. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the bread cubes, basil, thyme, savory, salt, pepper and broth; toss to mix. Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish; refrigerate.
  2. Skewer openings of turkey; tie drumsticks together with kitchen string. Place on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with melted butter. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads 165° when inserted in center of stuffing and the thigh reaches at least 170°. Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 45-60 minutes or until heated through.
  3. When the turkey begins to brown, baste with drippings (if turkey browns too quickly, cover loosely with foil). Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy. Yield: 6-8 servings (10 cups stuffing).
Originally published as Turkey With Herb Stuffing in Reminisce November/December 2003, p48

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"I have made this 2 years in a row, my family loves it!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"she didn't say she made it in a covered wagon. she said she rode in one."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"I have not made this recipe so I can't rate it but I do have one question. Where did your great-grandmother get a package of bread cubes and a can of chcken broth in a covered wagon? Actually it sounds like a good recipe except I never use packaged bread cubes and I make my own broth for my stuffing."

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