New Year's Turkey

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.

Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and reserve for another use. Rinse turkey with cold water, and pat dry.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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°.
  8. Broil (with electric oven door partially open) until golden. Garnish, if desired.
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