Turkey Stuffed With Homemade Sage Stuffing Recipe
5 - 6 loaves bread, I always buy the store brand, long loaf of white bread
2 sticks butter, I use I can't believe it's not butter
3 large onions, chopped
2 bunches celery, chopped
6 Tbsp, heaping garlic, chopped
Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pepper
2 large eggs
1 - 2 cups low sodium beef broth
0.6 oz McCormick sage
20# - 25# turkey
2 cups water
1 stick butter
In a large frying pan melt 2 butter sticks on medium heat. Once melted, add the onions, celery and garlic, pepper lightly. Mix thoroughly and let heat up for about 5 minutes, then turn to low and let simmer for 20 minutes, toss every 4 minutes as it simmers. While that is cooking up, break your bread into 1" - 2" pieces in a large roaster, pepper nicely. Once frying pan mix is done cooking, remove from burner and let cool. Pour mixture over bread when it is still warm, crack your eggs over mixture, mix it all up by hand. Now add 1 cup of broth and entire small container of sage. Be sure to have someone sprinkle the sage over mix while you are mixing the broth throughout the mix (don't just dump all the sage in one spot then mix). The stuffing should be sticky moist, add more broth if needed. Once you have your stuffing mixed well, put in large pot or container and place in fridge til ready to cook your turkey.
** I make my stuffing night before to let the flavors come together. It sort of our family tradition, we all sit down and break bread.
HOW TO ROAST A STUFFED TURKEY:
Remove the wrapped turkey parts and then rinse inside / out with water. Take paper towels and pat inside / out dry. Place your turkey in a large roasting pan, chest facing upward and rub olive oil all over turkey, inside / out then rub chopped garlic all over turkey inside / out, be generous. Stuff your turkey with as much stuffing you can get into it, til it is about to burst. I never seal the legs, I just kind of have it all together. With the remaining stuffing, lay out several 12" x 12" sheets of foil and olive oil spray each. Place at least 2 handfuls of stuffing on each sheet, lightly seal and place stuffing packets in fridge. Now back to your turkey, pour 2 cups of water into your baking pan and break up a stick of butter and place around turkey. Tent with foil and place into your oven, follow the turkey directions on how long to roast a stuffed turkey. The last 40 minutes of turkey roasting time, remove foil and scoop some juice and coat entire turkey. Place your foil packets of stuffing on another oven rack to let cook the last half hour.
Turkey should be golden brown on top and the pop-up turkey timer should be popped up! Once your turkey is done cooking according to the turkey package time, slice it to make sure the meat is cooked, no pink...sometimes you get a turkey with a lot of chest meat and needs to go a little longer. If turkey still has pink, tent with foil lightly and pop back into oven, but be sure to coat with more of it's juices in the pan. Usually turkey only needs like another 30 minutes of roasting time. GOOD LUCK & HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!