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My Favorite Roasted Turkey Recipe

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Stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey

Stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey

Linda Larsen
This wonderful stuffed and roasted turkey recipe is the one I make most often. You must make it with My Great-Grandmother's Stuffing. Or you can use any of my other Turkey Stuffing recipes.

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10



Remove giblet package from turkey. Place neck, heart and gizzards in saucepan and cover with four cups of water. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. I don't like using the liver, as I think it gives the giblet broth a bitter taste.

Pat the turkey dry inside and out with paper towels. Do not rinse the bird; this is not necessary and will simply spread bacteria around your kitchen.

Make stuffing according to recipe. Spoon stuffing lightly into turkey neck cavity, pull skin over and secure with skewer. Spoon more stuffing lightly into body cavity and fasten closed according to Turkey 101. Melt together 2 Tbsp. solid shortening and 1/3 cup butter. Place stuffed turkey in a roasting pan and brush with melted butter mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Soak a four-layer piece of cheesecloth in the butter/shortening mixture and place on top of the turkey.

Roast turkey according to cooking charts, for stuffed turkey. I like to roast my turkey at 325 degrees F. For a 12-14 pound turkey, that will take 4-5 hours. Baste with pan juices every 1/2 hour. You can remove the cheesecloth from the turkey half an hour before you take it out of the oven, if you like, but you don't have to. When turkey registers 170 degrees F when tested in the thigh, remove from pan, remove stuffing from cavities, cover, and let rest 15-20 minutes to let juices redistribute while you make the gravy.

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Wonderful turkey and stuffing, Guest

We made this for Thanksgiving and we're having it again for Christmas. The turkey is tender and moist and the stuffing has the best flavor and texture. Even my kids loved it, and they usually will only eat corn and potatoes for side dishes!

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