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Turkey with Bacon Cherry Stuffing

From Elk Rapids, Michigan, Kathy Lee notes, "Since out state is a big producer of cherries, I use them often. They add lots of flavor to poultry stuffing."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 7 ounces unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1-3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds)
  • Melted butter


  • In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute celery and onion in the drippings until tender.
  • In a large bowl, combine the stuffing cubes, broth, sage, thyme, pepper and salt. Stir in the bacon, celery mixture and cherries.
  • Just before baking, loosely stuff the turkey. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with butter.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours or until a 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 and carving turkey. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounce-weight: 642 calories, 27g fat (8g saturated fat), 249mg cholesterol, 577mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 76g protein.

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  • redluver
    Oct 26, 2013

    I used dried cranberries instead of dried cherries, which worked well. The stuffing tasted very good, however, next time I would season the skin of the turkey with some salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, etc.

  • jaz3
    Dec 3, 2006

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