Apples flavor this turkey from the chopped apple stuffing to the apple juice and jelly glaze.
|Servings||Prep Time||Total Time|
|14||30 minutes||3+ hours|
- 12 oz. bacon slices cut in ½-inch pieces
- 4 cups chopped onions
- 3 cups chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped dried apples
- 6 cups chopped pecans, toasted
- 1 ½ tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. dried sage
- 1 package (16 oz.) cornbread stuffing crumbs
- 2 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup butter, melted
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 cup apple jelly
- 1 cup apple juice
- ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp. salt
- (16-18 lb.) Butterball® Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cans (14-½ oz. each) low-sodium chicken broth
STUFFING Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Reserve 2 tbsp. drippings in skillet. Set bacon aside. Add onion and celery to drippings. Cook on medium-high heat 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
Combine bacon, onion mixture, apples, pecans, thyme and sage. Stir in stuffing crumbs. Stir in broth and butter. Remove 7 cups of stuffing for stuffing turkey. Spoon remaining stuffing into 1-½ quart baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Bake covered 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 minutes.
TURKEY Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine jelly, juice, vinegar, honey and salt in small, heavy saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 1-¼ cups, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reserve ¼ cup mixture for gravy. Set remaining mixture aside for basting turkey.
Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey. Refrigerate for another use or discard. Drain juices from turkey. Pat dry with paper towels.
Fill neck cavity with part of the stuffing. Turn wings back to hold neck skin against back of turkey. Fill body cavity with remaining stuffing.
Place turkey, breast up, on flat roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Spray turkey with cooking spray. Place small pieces of aluminum foil over skin of neck cavity and over stuffing at body cavity opening to prevent over browning during roasting.
Brush turkey with some glaze mixture. Loosely cover breast and tops of drumsticks with aluminum foil to prevent overcooking. Bake 2 hours.
Uncover turkey breast and brush turkey with additional glaze mixture. Return foil to top of turkey and continue roasting until meat thermometer inserted deep in thigh reaches 180°F. Let turkey stand 15 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.
GRAVY Pour drippings into 1-quart measure; skim fat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Add reserved glaze mixture and enough water or broth to make 3-½ cups. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
Calories 1250 Fat 75g Cholesterol 236 Protein 75g % Daily Value Saturated Fat 18g 90% Trans Fat 0g 0% Sodium 1500mg 63% Carbohydrates 66g 22% Sugar 30g 0% Iron 15% Fiber 44% Calcium 10% Per Serving