Roast Turkey with Cranberry Stuffing

Roast Turkey with Cranberry Stuffing

Roast Turkey with Cranberry Stuffing

A New England twist enlivens this quintessential holiday dish. Taking off the turkey skin eliminates loads of fat without removing any of the succulence.

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Makes 20 servings


1 (12-ounce) loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons margarine
1-1/2 cups chopped onions
1-1/2 cups chopped celery
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 turkey (8 to 10 pounds)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Arrange bread on two 15X10-inch jelly roll pans. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly toasted. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  3. Melt margarine in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and celery; cook and stir 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender; remove from heat. Add bread cubes, poultry seasoning, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; mix well. Combine cranberries and sugar in small bowl; mix well. Add to bread mixture; toss well. Drizzle chicken broth evenly over mixture; toss well.
  4. Spray roasting pan and rack with nonstick cooking spray. Remove giblets from turkey. Rinse turkey and cavity in cold water; pat dry with paper towels. Fill turkey cavity loosely with stuffing. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in roasting pan. Bake 3 hours or until thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 180°F and juices run clear.
  5. Meanwhile, place remaining stuffing in casserole sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover casserole; refrigerate until baking time.
  6. Transfer turkey to serving platter. Cover loosely with foil; let stand 20 minutes. Place covered casserole of stuffing in oven; increase temperature to 375°F. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until hot.
  7. Remove and discard turkey skin. Slice turkey and serve with cranberry stuffing. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired.

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