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Turkey with Bacon Cherry Stuffing Recipe

Turkey with Bacon Cherry Stuffing Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the stuffing cubes, broth, sage, thyme, pepper and salt. Stir in the bacon, celery mixture and cherries.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving turkey. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 1343016 137351
Reviewed 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."

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