Roast Turkey with Sausage-Clam Stuffing and Olive Gravy

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Ingredients

4 cups day-old bread cubes
1 pound Italian sausage
2 cups finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
3 large garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2/3 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 dozen littleneck clams, shucked
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 (2 1/2- to 3-pound) boneless, skinless turkey breast halves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
8 quahogs or 1 dozen littleneck clams
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup ripe olives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

Preparation

Place bread cubes on a baking sheet; bake at 325° for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer bread to a large bowl, and set aside.

Remove casings from sausage; discard. Cook sausage in a large skillet, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove sausage, reserving drippings in skillet.

Sauté 2 cups onion and next 4 ingredients in drippings over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until tender; stir in sausage, mustard, and next 5 ingredients. Add to bread cubes, stirring until blended. Set aside.

Place turkey breast halves flat on heavy-duty plastic wrap, skin side down. Remove tendons, and trim fat. From center of each breast, slice horizontally through thickest part of each side almost to outer edge; flip fillets over. Pound breasts to flatten and create even thickness. Sprinkle each breast evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.

Spoon half of stuffing mixture over each breast, spreading to within 1 inch of edges. Fold in sides of breast over filling; roll up over filling. (Rolls should be 10 to 12 inches long.)

Tie rolls securely in several places with heavy string. Place coarsely chopped onion, carrot, and celery in a large roasting pan; nestle quahogs into vegetables. Place turkey rolls, seam side down, over vegetables.

Bake at 425° for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°, and bake 50 additional minutes or until thermometer registers 170°. Remove turkey from pan; set aside.

Remove and discard vegetables and quahogs, reserving drippings in pan. Place roasting pan on cooktop; add wine and chicken broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 3/4 cup.

Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water, stirring until smooth; whisk into broth mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in olives and rosemary. Spoon gravy over sliced turkey.

November 2001
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