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Turkey with Apple Stuffing


A classic holiday roast turkey stuffed with a savory, sweet apple stuffing flavored with thyme, sage, and raisins.

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  • 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 9 cups day-old whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 3 cups apples, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16-pounds)
  • Additional butter, melted


Servings 10
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 270mins


Step 1

In a Dutch oven, sauté celery and onion in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in the bread cubes, apples, raisins, salt, thyme, sage and pepper.

Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey with 4 cups stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 2-quart baking dish; refrigerate until ready to bake. Skewer turkey openings; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush with melted butter.

Bake, uncovered, at 325°F for 3 3/4 to 4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°F for the turkey and 165°F for the stuffing, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)

Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.

If desired, thicken pan drippings for gravy.

Editor’s Note: Stuffing may be prepared as directed and baked separately in a greased 3-quart baking dish. Cover and bake at 325°F for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned.

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