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Turkey with Cherry Stuffing

This moist stuffing, with its fruity blend of raisins and tart cherries, is a sweet twist on a traditional version. It's a tasty complement to tender poultry slices. Be prepared to dish up second helpings when you serve this bird.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10-12 servings (6 cups stuffing)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 5 cups seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) pitted tart cherries, drained
  • 1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

  • In a saucepan, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Stir in thyme and poultry seasoning. In a large bowl, combine stuffing, raisins and celery mixture. Add broth and cherries; toss to mix.
  • Loosely stuff turkey just before baking. Skewer openings; tie drumsticks together. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with oil.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 180° for the turkey and 165° for the stuffing. Baste occasionally with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.
  • Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before removing the stuffing and carving the turkey. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.
Editor's Note: The stuffing may be prepared as directed and baked separately in a greased 2-qt baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
6 ounce-weight: 491 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 148mg cholesterol, 513mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 58g protein.

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  • angdeaner
    Nov 20, 2012

    I found this recipe 10 years ago and it has become a family tradition! This is what stuffing should taste like