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Turkey with Herb Stuffing

This old family recipe was brought West by my great-grandmother, who rode in a covered wagon. I've used the stuffing for turkey, chicken, pork or beef. The herbs give it a great flavor. —Ruth Warner, Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    6-8 servings (10 cups stuffing)


  • 2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery with leaves
  • 1 package (12 ounces) unseasoned bread cubes
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, thyme and savory
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds)
  • Additional butter, melted


  • In a large skillet, saute onions and celery in butter until tender. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the bread cubes, basil, thyme, savory, salt, pepper and broth; toss to mix. Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish; refrigerate.
  • Skewer openings of turkey; tie drumsticks together with kitchen string. Place on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with melted butter. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a thermometer reads 165° when inserted in center of stuffing and the thigh reaches at least 170°. Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 45-60 minutes or until heated through.
  • When the turkey begins to brown, baste with drippings (if turkey browns too quickly, cover loosely with foil). Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving. If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.

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  • s_pants
    Nov 24, 2017

    Only made the stuffing. It was extremely easy to make and tasted great! Cooked in a greased 11x7 dish. Cooked covered for about 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncovered and cooked additional 20 minutes to crisp the top.

  • zachsmom1102
    Nov 17, 2015

    I have made this 2 years in a row, my family loves it!

  • nandarcook
    Feb 5, 2013

    she didn't say she made it in a covered wagon. she said she rode in one.

  • mas4144
    Nov 18, 2012

    I have not made this recipe so I can't rate it but I do have one question. Where did your great-grandmother get a package of bread cubes and a can of chcken broth in a covered wagon? Actually it sounds like a good recipe except I never use packaged bread cubes and I make my own broth for my stuffing.