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Turkey with Sausage-Pecan Stuffing

The combination of sweet, savory, crunchy and spicy ingredients makes a fabulous stuffed turkey that's become a tradition at our Thanksgiving dinner. Leftover stuffing can be a meal in itself. —Keri Scofield Lawson, Fullerton, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 3-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (12 cups stuffing)

Ingredients

  • 4 medium onions
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) herb stuffing mix
  • 1 package (15 ounces) golden raisins
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 6 celery ribs, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano, curry powder, caraway seeds, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Slice two onions; set aside. Chop remaining onions.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage and chopped onions over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles. Add herb packets from stuffing mixes. Stir in raisins, pecans, celery and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add stuffing mixes and broth; mix well. Cook and stir about 5 minutes.
  • Place reserved onions inside turkey. Loosely stuff turkey with 6-7 cups stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish; refrigerate until ready to bake. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast side up.
  • Roast, uncovered, 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°, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. Bake remaining stuffing, covered, 1 hour. Uncover; bake 10 minutes.
  • 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.

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  • Zsa Zsa Kay
    Nov 3, 2018

    Make it every year

  • sirnielson
    Nov 23, 2011

    <p>A family favorite, except for my wife who prefers traditional sage dressing so we make two types on thanksgiving</p>

  • HeidiJM
    Mar 27, 2008

    I have made this stuffing for the holidays many times & it always turns out great.