Thinking of a recipe to prepare for Thanksgiving? Turkey with cherry stuffing is a fruity twist to the classic stuffed turkey recipe. The cherries make the meat more savory and aromatic. Enjoy it with potatoes or other sides.
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon chicken powder
5 cups seasoned stuffing cubes or bread cubes
3/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 14.5 oz. can pitted tart cherries, drained
1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion and celery for 2-3 minutes or until they are tender. Add the thyme and chicken powder. Mix well.
Place the onion and celery in a large bowl. Add the raisins, broth, cherries, stuffing cubes. Toss until well combined.
Loosely stuff the turkey with the cherry filling. Skewer the openings or sew them and then tie the drumsticks together.
Put the turkey breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush it with oil. Bake it at 325° for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180° for the turkey and 165° for the stuffing. Baste it occasionally with pan drippings. Cover the turkey loosely with foil if it browns easily and the stuffing is not heated through.
Let the roasted turkey stand for 20 minutes before removing the stuffing and carving the turkey.
While waiting for it to cool down, heat the drippings in a small saucepan and let it thicken to make gravy.
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