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Turkey with Leek Nut Stuffing

Yield 20 servings.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups coarsely chopped leeks
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried whole thyme
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 2 (6-ounce) packages plain croutons
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/3 cups canned ready-to-serve chicken broth
  • 1 (10-pound) turkey
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Fresh fruit (optional)
  • Fresh thyme (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 447
  • caloriesfromfat 49 %
  • fat 24.3 g
  • satfat 8.8 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 39.2 g
  • carbohydrate 15.1 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 249 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 448 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Saute leeks, onion, and thyme in 1/2 cup butter in a large skillet until tender. Transfer leek mixture to a bowl; add hazelnuts and next 6 ingredients. Cover and chill.

  2. Remove giblets and neck from turkey. Rinse turkey under cold water; pat dry. Pack about 7 cups leek mixture into cavity of turkey. Tuck legs under flap of skin around tail, or close cavity with skewers, and truss. Tie ends of legs to tail with cord. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey.

  3. Brush turkey with 2 tablespoons butter, and place, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Insert meat thermometer in meaty part of thigh. Cover with heavy-duty aluminum foil, and bake at 325° for 2 hours. Uncover and baste with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Bake 2 hours or until meat thermometer registers 180°.

  4. Spoon remaining leek mixture into a 1-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes. Serve with turkey. If desired, garnish with fresh fruit and thyme.

Light and Luscious