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Turkey with Sausage, Apricot, and Sage Stuffing

You can serve this stuffing with a side of mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2006

  • Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 6 ounces turkey and about 1 cup stuffing)


  • 1 (12-pound) fresh or frozen turkey, thawed
  • 1 pound sweet turkey Italian sausage (about 4 links)
  • 2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (about 4 stalks)
  • 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 (14-ounce) package country-style stuffing mix (such as Pepperidge Farm)
  • 3 1/4 cups hot Roasted Turkey Stock
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cups water, divided


Preheat oven to 325°.

Remove and discard giblets and neck from turkey. Trim excess fat. Do not trim excess skin around neck.

Remove casings from sausage. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and celery. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

Place sausage mixture in a large bowl. Add apricots, parsley, sage, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and stuffing mix. Drizzle with hot Roasted Turkey Stock; toss well. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey. Stuff 2 cups sausage mixture into neck cavity. Fold skin over sausage mixture, and loosely secure with several wooden picks. Stuff 3 cups sausage mixture into body cavity. Spoon remaining sausage mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover dish with foil, and refrigerate until ready to bake. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Place turkey, breast side up, on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Brush turkey with oil; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cover breast with foil. Pour 2 cups water into pan.

Bake at 325° for 2 hours; remove foil, and baste turkey with pan juices. Add remaining 1 cup water to pan, if needed. Bake an additional 2 hours or until thermometer inserted in meaty part of thigh registers 165°, basting every 30 minutes. Remove turkey from oven; let stand at least 30 minutes before carving.

Increase oven temperature to 350°. Bake the remaining stuffing, covered, 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Discard wooden picks.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 506
  • Calories from fat: 21%
  • Fat: 11.5g
  • Saturated fat: 2.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.1g
  • Protein: 79.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 38.1g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Cholesterol: 251mg
  • Iron: 7mg
  • Sodium: 872mg
  • Calcium: 74mg

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