Sage-Roasted Turkey & Cornbread Stuffing
This is the best turkey stuffing you will ever eat, and I never have to worry about leftovers. —Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas
Total TimePrep: 45 min. Bake: 3-3/4 hours + standing
Makes16 servings (8 cups stuffing)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh sage
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 8 cups cubed cornbread
- 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, mix butter, sage and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from turkey breast; rub butter mixture under the skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together.
- Brush turkey with oil; sprinkle with salt and remaining pepper. Roast, uncovered, 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thigh reads 170°. Baste occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
- For stuffing, in a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add onions, salt and pepper; cook 15-20 minutes or until onions are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add cornbread and sage; toss to combine.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg, broth and cream; stir into stuffing mixture. Transfer to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned and a thermometer reads 165°.
- Remove turkey from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. If desired, skim fat and thicken pan drippings for gravy. Serve with turkey and stuffing.
Nutrition Facts8 ounces cooked turkey with 1/2 cup stuffing: 749 calories, 38g fat (14g saturated fat), 281mg cholesterol, 704mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 68g protein.
Originally published as Roasted Turkey in Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2014