New Year's Turkey

New Year's Turkey Recipe
Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson
What makes this roasted turkey a New Year's-worthy recipe is the rich, breaded stuffing of ham, veal, apples, and walnuts. Cajun seasoning gives it a kick.


Makes 10 to 12 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living


1 (10- to 12-pound) turkey
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups chopped onion, divided
1 pound ground veal
1/2 pound ground boiled ham
6 white bread slices
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup chopped apple
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups sweet vermouth
1/2 cup honey
Garnishes: fresh parsley sprigs, kumquat leaves, kumquats


Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and reserve for another use. Rinse turkey with cold water, and pat dry.

Place turkey in a shallow dish. Stir together 2 tablespoons salt and next 4 ingredients; pour over turkey. Cover and chill at least 6 hours.

Melt butter in a large skillet; add 1/2 cup onion, and saute until tender. Add veal and ham; cook over medium heat, stirring often, 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Remove crusts from bread, and discard; crumble bread. Combine breadcrumbs, milk, and egg in a large bowl; stir in apple and next 6 ingredients. Stir in onion mixture.

Remove turkey from refrigerator, and brush cavity with oil mixture. Spoon stuffing into cavity; truss turkey using string. Lift wingtips up and over back, and tuck them under bird. Place turkey, breast side up, into a large roasting pan.

Cover turkey with aluminum foil, and bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°, and bake 2 hours, basting occasionally with pan drippings.

Process remaining 1 cup onion, vermouth, and honey in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture over turkey, and bake 1 more hour or until meat thermometer inserted into turkey thigh reaches 180° and stuffing reaches 165°.

Broil (with electric oven door partially open) until golden. Garnish, if desired.