Cherry-Glazed Turkey with Dried Cherry-Apple Stuffing

Complement savory slices of roast turkey with a fruity stuffing and cherry glaze.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 25 min
  • Servings 12

Turkey

1
whole turkey (12 lb), thawed if frozen
2
tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper

Stuffing

1/2
cup butter or margarine
1
large onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
1
package (16 oz) herb-seasoned stuffing mix
2
medium red apples, chopped (2 cups)
1 1/2
cups dried cherries
1
cup chopped pecans
2 1/2
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz container)

Glaze

1/2
cup cherry preserves or jam
1/4
cup ruby port or chicken broth

  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with shortening or cooking spray; set aside. Remove and discard neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water; pat dry with paper towels. In small bowl, mix sage, salt and pepper; rub into turkey skin.
  • 2 In 8-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. In large bowl, thoroughly mix cooked onion and remaining stuffing ingredients.
  • 3 Turn turkey breast side down. Fill neck cavity lightly with 1 cup of the stuffing (do not pack stuffing because it will expand during roasting). Fasten neck skin of turkey to back with skewer.
  • 4 Turn turkey breast side up. Fold wings across back of turkey so tips are touching. Fill body cavity lightly with 3 cups of the stuffing (do not pack stuffing because it will expand during roasting). Place remaining stuffing in baking dish. Cover with foil; refrigerate until ready to bake. Tuck legs under band of skin at tail (if present), or tie together with heavy string.
  • 5 On rack in shallow roasting pan, place turkey, breast side up. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone.
  • 6 Cover turkey loosely with foil or roaster cover; roast 3 hours. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix glaze ingredients; set aside.
  • 7 Uncover turkey and place foil-covered baking dish with stuffing in oven. Roast 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes longer, brushing turkey with glaze frequently, until thermometer reads 165°F and drumsticks move easily when lifted or twisted. Thermometer inserted in center of stuffing in turkey should read 165°F. Remove baking dish with stuffing from oven after 40 to 50 minutes of baking time or when thoroughly heated (165°F).
  • 8 Place turkey on warm platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Let stand about 15 minutes for easiest carving. Cover and refrigerate any remaining turkey and stuffing separately.

Expert Tips

Cherry preserves and ruby port give a rich, deep mahogany color and slightly sweet flavor to the turkey. Substitute cherry juice for the port if desired.

Use fresh herbs, cherries and plums to decorate to decorate the platter.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
780
(
Calories from Fat
340),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
38g
38%
(Saturated Fat
12g,
12%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
165mg
165%;
Sodium
1210mg
1210%;
Total Carbohydrate
57g
57%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
20g
20%
),
Protein
51g
51%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 6 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.