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Italian Christmas Turkey Recipe

Italian Christmas Turkey Recipe

“We never had stuffing without sausage, and my mom’s Italian stuffing is my favorite. I rarely buy the sausage and make my own instead, like my relatives do.” —Elsie Laurenzo Palmer, Saratoga Springs, NY
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 3-3/4 hours + standing YIELD:16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 package (14 ounces) seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 to 3 cups hot water
  • 1 turkey (16 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add the sausage, celery and onion; cook and stir until meat is no longer pink. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the stuffing cubes, egg substitute and enough water to reach desired moistness.
  • 2. Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey with stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 2-qt. baking dish; cover and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  • 3. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up in a roasting pan. Rub with salt and pepper.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180° for turkey and 165° for stuffing, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
  • 5. Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 25-30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160°. Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving turkey. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy. Yield: 16 servings (12 cups stuffing).

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 777 calories, 40g fat (14g saturated fat), 282mg cholesterol, 788mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 80g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"My German-Polish family has been making stuffing with hamburger and bratwurst mix, in place of the Italian sausage, for generations. We don't follow a recipe, but if we did, it would be almost identical to this. Isn't it amazing how much alike we are, where ever our ancestors came from."

Ramona Fassio
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"This is an excellent recipe. We've been making the same for years."

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