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Roast Turkey with Apple-Sourdough Bread Stuffing

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 teaspoon dried sage

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 (8 to 10-pound) turkey, cut into 5 parts (breast, legs, wings), giblets removed and discarded, back bone removed from the turkey breast (this will help it stand upright)*

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper1 medium chopped onion

2 apples, peeled, cored and diced (preferably McIntosh)

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

4 cups sourdough bread cubes, preferable day-old

1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, warm

1 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl combine all the dried herbs together. Rub the turkey parts with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then rub with all of the dried herbs. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the turkey in 1 layer in a large roasting pan.
  3. Put the turkey in the oven and immediately reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the thigh reads 160 to 165 degrees F, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and let stand, covered with aluminum foil. It's ready to serve in 10 to 15 minutes, but can stand, covered, for up to 1 hour so that the stuffing or other side dishes can be completed. Transfer to a serving platter.
  4. Meanwhile heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, apples, and celery and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the parsley, sage, and thyme and stir to coat the apples and vegetables with the herbs. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add the cubed bread and the warm chicken broth. Toss to combine and season, to taste, with salt and black pepper. Transfer the stuffing mixture to a 5 by 8-inch baking dish and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F until golden brown on top, about 45 minutes.

Cook’s Note

*You can ask the butcher to do this for you