Roast Turkey with Cranberry Stuffing

By Jeanette Terry

The homemade cranberry stuffing makes this roasted turkey incredible!

Roast Turkey with Cranberry Stuffing
  • 1 Italian or French bread loaf - (12 oz), cut 1/2" cubes

  • 2 tbsp margarine

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery

  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning

  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves

  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp freshly-ground black pepper

  • 1 cup coarsely-chopped fresh cranberries

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 3/4 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • Whole turkey - (8 to 10 lbs)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange bread on two 15- by 10-inch jelly roll pans. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly toasted. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.

  2. 2. Melt margarine in a 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.

  3. Remove giblets from turkey. Rinse turkey and cavity in cold water; pat dry with paper towels. Fill turkey cavity loosely with stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in casserole sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover casserole; refrigerate until baking time.

  4. Spray roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place turkey, breast-side up, on rack in roasting pan. Bake 3 hours or until thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 180 degrees and juices run clear. Transfer turkey to serving platter. Cover loosely with foil; let stand 20 minutes.

  5. Place covered casserole of stuffing in oven; increase temperature to 375 degrees. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until hot.

  6. Remove and discard turkey skin. Slice turkey and serve with cranberry stuffing. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6 g
28 g
12 g
68 mg
223 mg
Dietary Fiber
1 g

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6 replies

Jeanae 2011-11-23 15:00:38 -0600 Report

Love this. I am going to use it except I will use wild rice instead of bread (any bread spikes my readings) and I will add chopped walnuts too. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful and delish Thanksgiving!