I roast turkeys all year round, but there is no denying that we are now in prime turkey roasting season – 1 month and counting, y’all! I know that some other meats and fish are finding the way to our holiday tables, but in this house, Turkey is King at Christmas. From the big meal itself, to the countless days of leftovers (if you don’t do leftovers, we can’t be friends, sorry), to the delicious bone broth soups only a roasted bird can provide, Turkey is where it’s at.
Stuffing or Dressing?
Today I am sharing with you a delicious classic roast turkey recipe from the huge recipe library at Canadian Turkey. This recipe can easily be modified to accommodate many ways of eating. To make this low-carb, I would simply substitute the bread, oats and dried fruit for things like low carb bread, cauliflower (what DON’T I put cauliflower in these days, right?), and sausage. I actually challenge you all to have a lower carb holiday, I guarantee you won’t feel the need for all of those post meal naps. Do you know what the difference is between stuffing and dressing? It all comes down to how you cook it. Stuffing is, well, stuffed, and dressing is cooked on the side. I always cook it on the side, but still call it stuffing… so obviously I’m a huge part of the confusion.
Traditional Roast Turkey with Apricot and Pecan Stuffing
Prep time: 40 mins. Cook time: 4 – 41/2 hrs
- 1 whole turkey, 12-14 lbs.
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 cup turkey broth
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 ½ tbsp white pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp ground Italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp ground sweet paprika
- 3 cups crusty bread such as sourdough or Italian, cubed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup roughly chopped dried apricots
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup turkey broth
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Make sure the turkey is thawed and giblets and neck have been removed.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Pat the bird dry with paper towels.
- Rub the turkey with olive oil, inside and out.
- Combine all spices to make a rub. Sprinkle generously onto the bird, inside and out.
- Stuff the turkey, loosely, with stuffing mixture.
- Place the bird into your roasting pan. Add wine and broth.
- Roast the turkey for 4 – 4 ½ hours, until the juices run clear and an instant thermometer reads 170°F in the breast, 180°F in the thigh and the stuffing reaches 165°F.
- Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.
NOTE: Cooking times are for planning purposes only – always use a digital meat thermometer to determine doneness.
- Spread the bread cubes out on a baking tray and place in your oven overnight to dry out.
- Place in a large bowl.
- Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Add onions and celery and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle broth over bread to moisten.
- Add onion and celery mixture.
- Add oats, apricots and dried herbs.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Mix well and proceed to stuff your bird.
Tip: You can make your stuffing on the side!
Place prepared stuffing in a buttered pan and cook for 45 minutes in a 350°F oven until browned and crunchy. Baste with turkey drippings every 15 minutes for added flavour.
Tip: You can change up your stuffing and make it your own!
Besides the low-carb modifications I already mentioned, here are three alternative combinations for you to try – substitute these ingredients instead of the apricots and pecans:
Dried prunes and slivered almonds
Dried figs and walnuts
Dried cherries and hazelnuts
… and may I add bacon and/or sausage! Where I always cook my stuffing (aka dressing for all you sticklers) on the side, I also chop up the cooked turkey liver and mix it in as well – so good!
Oh my goodness, I’m ready for turkey dinner, NOW! But I also still have plenty of things to get ready before the Fat Man can come down the chimney… like shop!
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